Lock 38 to Dam Number Four
Above Lock 38 the canal passes beneath beautiful cliffs for about four miles. This area contains a number of caves including the Killiansburg Cave where people from the area took refuge during the Battle of Antietam. Further west, farmland returns and a peaceful walk takes you past the village of Mercersville, through the "Big Woods" and on to trip's end by the winch house next to Dam 4.
Start: Lock 38 at Shepherdstown
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Note: Westbound hikers MUST take a 4.7 mile detour that begins by the winch house leading them back to the canal at McMahon's Mill. Detour begins by crossing canal, turning left and following road uphill. Turns on detour are marked.
Last updated: April 10, 2015