Oldtown to Cumberland
The final towpath segment of the PHT along the C&O Canal starts with an interesting passage through the Alum Hill Deep Cut. Sheer walls of crumbling shale rise above the towpath. Beyond the cut, the towpath enters a meadow at the former site of Pigmans Ferry. From here to Spring Gap the canal passes through quiet woods. West of the gap the trail passes the ruins of a water supply pumping system and Blue Spring, one of the largest springs in the Eastern US. Just a few yards further is Lock 72 at "The Narrows", with a fine two story lockhouse and full porch. At the head of the narrows, the final three locks complete the 605 foot climb from Georgetown. The remaining distance to Cumberland is pleasant, with increasing signs of town at each mile. The final aqueduct is crossed 4.5 miles from Cumberland and sets up a grand finish. The church spires and buildings, with the Allegheny Mountains as a backdrop, guide you to the restored Western Maryland depot.