Hancock to Little Orleans
Remnants of town linger until the towpath reaches the ruins of the Round Top Cement Mill. West of here the trail enters the mountains, with Capacon and Round Top coming into view. Above the canal telegraph poles march west along the Western Maryland Grade. On the West Virginia side of the Potomac trains pass regularly. At night it is interesting to watch their giant headlights from camp. Up at Indigo Neck the towpath traces a long arc while the abandoned railroad passes through the 4350-foot Indigo Tunnel. If you have never stood at the mouth of a mighty tunnel, this is the place to do it, as well worn paths lead across the canal bed to both ends.
This wild and beautiful section ends at the Fifteen Mile Creek Campground in Little Orleans. Don't leave here without visiting Bill's Place just up the hill from the canal and through the railroad underpass.
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Last updated: May 11, 2017