What's Available for Visitors in Williamsport
Alternate Parking and Towpath Access Points
1. Williamsport Visitor Center (mm 99.7) parking is still available, visitors may cross the Railroad Lift Bridge (adjacent to Rt. 11). This requires crossing a stairway that is equipped with a low bike rail. Due to the Conococheague Aqueduct Restoration project the pedestrain berm was removed to allow water to flow into it. Learn more about the restoration project here Conococheague Aqueduct
2.River Bottom Park (mm 99.6), across the Bollman Bridge, is a good parking area for wheelchair, stroller, and bike trailer access to the towpath.
3. Lockhouse 44 (mm 99.3), this is also an ADA and stroller accessible parking area.
4. Dam 5 (mm 106.8)
Things to Do
Williamsport and the surrounding area has a fascinating history. Situated at the confluence of the Conococheague Creek and the Potomac River, Williamsport was first settled in 1740. In 1790 George Washington considered it for the capital city of the United States but rejected Williamsport because of the inability of large ships to navigate the Potomac to this point. Close by is Falling Waters where the Confederate Army made its escape across the rain-swollen Potomac after the Battle of Gettysburg.
For the first time since 1924, the historic Conococheague Aqueduct is fully operational, allowing a canal boat to pass over the Conococheague Creek. Williamsport is now the only place in North America where visitors can view a variety of canal features in one place, including a lift lock and refurbished lockhouse, a railroad lift bridge, a Bollman iron truss bridge, a canal turning basin and warehouse, and now a watered aqueduct.
From the East: Take I-270 north to 70 west to Hagerstown. Take I-81 north and south exit. (Take exit 26 toward Harrisburg/Roanoke). Merge onto I-81 south toward Roanoke. From I-81 take exit 2 and merge onto Potomac Street/US 11 south. Follow straight to visitor center at bottom of hill, (approximately 1.4 miles).
From the West: Take 68 east to I-70 east/US 40 east/ US-522 South exit, (exit 82AB toward Hagerstown). Merge onto I-70 east via exit 82 B toward Hagerstown. From 70 east take exit 24 and merge onto MD-63/Williamsport Pike. Travel two miles to Williamsport. Turn right onto US-11/MD 63/East Potomac Street. Follow to visitor Center.
From Martinsburg, WV, heading North: Take I-81 north and cross the Potomac River bridge. Take exit 1, Route 68-Williamsport immediately after crossing the bridge. Make a left onto Route 68, through three stoplights to junction with Route 11. Turn left onto Route 11/Potomac Street. Follow Potomac Street to visitor center.
From Harrisburg, PA, heading South: Take I-81 south. Take exit 2, Route 11-Williamsport. Route 11 is also Potomac Street. Follow Potomac Street to visitor center in Williamsport.
Last updated: December 27, 2019