Thing to Do

Borrow a Bike at Cushwa Basin

view of towpath over bike handles

If you’d like to explore the stretch of towpath near the Cushwa Basin, you can borrow a bike from the visitor center free of charge! Simply leave a driver’s license or car keys at the front desk and pick the right bicycle for you. We have a collection of well-maintained bikes for men, women, and children. For this half-day trip idea, we recommend staying within just a few miles of Cushwa Basin.

Duration will vary depending on how long you personally choose to stay out on the towpath. Typically, a well-paced trip from the Cushwa Basin to the aqueduct, and down to the Lockhouse will take approximately 10-15 minutes. If you choose to bike further, the duration will vary. There is no time limit on borrowing bikes, but they must be returned before the VC closes at 4:30.

For this half-day trip idea, we recommend staying near Cushwa Basin and seeing Lock 44, Lockhouse 44, and the Conococheague Aqueduct. Dam 5 is also within a relatively close distance from the visitor center, about 8 miles one way. Dam 4 is located at about mile 84 (in the opposite direction), and is about 15 miles from the visitor center.


Ages vary with biking experience. We have limited children’s bikes available and we do not currently have training wheel bikes. Minors must be with an adult parent or guardian

Borrowing a bike is free. Visitors must fill out a form and leave a valid form of ID at the desk before they take a bike.

  • Cushwas Visitor Center, 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795 - Towpath Mile Marker 99

No reservations required, but you may want to confirm the visitor center is open the day of your visit.

Open March-November

Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00am - 4:30pm.

Accessibility Information

Trail width is approximately 7-10ft, mostly even packed dirt and gravel. Some bumps and puddles may be present. Slight incline near Lock 44 and approaching the aqueduct. 

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, please pay particular attention on the towpath. Many bikers use bells or vocal cues to signal passing from behind.  

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

Last updated: August 28, 2021