Ice skating on the canal is at your own risk. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions. In most watered areas of the park, the canal ranges in depth from 6 feet to 15 feet and the canal maintains a constant flow of water beneath the ice. Ice skating on the canal is prohibited at the Widewater area (Mile Post 12.6 - 13.4) and where prohibited by signage. Please use extreme caution.
Review ice fishing regulations before heading out:
Although it is not groomed for cross-country skiing, the towpath offers a beautiful winter landscape for hikers and cross-country skiers. Snow is more likely to accumulate on the western portions of the towpath where elevations are slightly higher and temperatures are slightly lower.
Canine-drawn sleds/gigs are permitted on the towpath between November 1 and March 15 between Sycamore Landing (Mile 27.2) and Town Creek (Mile 162.2).
Last updated: February 12, 2022