The C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage Connection

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park 

The C&O Canal and Great Allegheny Passage Connection

Seasonal changes along the Great Allegheny Passage
With the connection of the C&O Canal and GAP, travelers can now hike or bike 334.5 miles

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Few National Parks offer visitors the chance to bike, camp, or stroll through the Nation’s history like the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and its towpath.  The Canal began construction in 1828 as a way to connect the Ohio River with eastern ports, and the towpath was used for almost 100 years by mules pulling canal boats between Cumberland, Maryland and Georgetown in Washington DC.  Today, the Towpath offers a 184.5 mile of off-road route between these two fascinating cities and through towns, as well as wilderness areas in between.  Coupled with the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail trail from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, bikers and hikers come from near and far to experience the 334.5 mile trip between Pittsburgh and the Nation’s Capital, a modern, recreational connection of the Ohio River and the Chesapeake Bay.  The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park truly allows visitors a unique experience that is hard to find in today’s world.   

Last updated: May 21, 2015