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Carderock Recreation Area

Parking, Water, Restroom
Potomac MD
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath

Carderock Recreation Area is located on the C&O Canal Trail, in Potomac MD

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Carderock Recreation Area in Potomac
Tortuga on 2 wheels from Columbia, SC on 06/19/2023 04:48 PM:
6/12/23 The snack shack here looks like it has not been open in quite a while. We started this day in Brunswick, MD and with it being Monday, the grill in white's Ferry was closed, as well as, this snack bar, so no food until Georgetown/DC. there was a restroom were were able to fill water bottles.

man910 from DC on 06/20/2023 02:51 AM:
For future reference, if you take a detour at Billy Goat Trail. You can then get a bite to eat at Anglers Inn across from the trail and return to the C&O Canal Towpath Trail. However, if you are tired of the C&O canal, you can ride on MacArthur Blvd, which has a paved bike lane. About 3.5 miles down, you will come upon MacArthur Plaza where you can find several places to refuel. And less than half a mile from the plaza is a convenience store, Captins Market. And about 1.7 miles from there is Glen Echo Park, which contains an Irish pub and a bakery.

After about 7 miles riding on paved road, you will do a short climb. This is where you will need to take the crosswalk to get over to the paved Little Falls Stream Valley Trail in order to connect to the paved Capital Crescent Trail, which will take you directly into Thompson's Boat Center. If, for whatever reason, you wanted to get back onto the C&O Canal Towpath Trail, there are several opportunities for you to do so while riding the Capital Crescent Trail.

Trail conditions from Carderock Recreation Area to west
Diana from Richmond on 07/08/2021 10:33 PM:
We're planning on biking about 10 to 15 miles westward from Carderock. Is the trail hilly and what is the surface like?

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/10/2021 04:30 AM:
This section of the C&O is virtually flat with an easily rideable surface.

Carderock Recreation Area in Bethesda
John R Wilcox from Perkasie on 07/28/2019 06:58 AM:
Has anyone every parked a car here for long term? Is it allowed?