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First time doing the entire C&A Canal
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Allen from DC on 09/23/2020 09:59 AM
Hey everyone,

Thank you in advance for your time and advice. I used to bike a lot in college a few years ago, but stopped when my bike got stolen and I never bought a new one. I am contemplating completing the entire C&O canal from Cumberland to DC, essentially just to see if I can. I am in excellent shape - I just ran a half marathon at around 7:45/mile. So, my question is: is it possible for me in my current physical condition to complete the entire C&O Canal in one day? Or, should I split it up into two days? I was planning on taking the Amtrak to Cumberland Friday night in early October and starting at dawn on that Saturday. Any advice on how to meet this goal would be greatly appreciated it!

Best,

Allen

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 09/23/2020 01:26 PM
Hi Allen. I would ask yourself what you are looking for in completing this trail. If its scenery, history, and adventure, I would take 2 or 3 days to complete it. The C&O is best enjoyed at a slower pace. If it’s a speed challenge, I’ve definitely seen journals about people doing it in one day (and a long day at that). I guess it’s all about how much discomfort you are willing to endure.

Are you camping or doing hotels? This decision will affect your weight and what you carry. Doing hotels will allow you to forgo camping gear and give you a lighter bike. Still, you need to be prepared for breakdowns and possibly having to be stuck somewhere in remote areas. Extra clothing, water, food, tubes, repair kit, etc. needs to be brought for the worst case scenario. So you need to carry some things.

In addition, we are entering autumn which means cooler temps and less daylight to travel in. Whatever you do, bring a light for the trail or campsites, the C&O is DARK at night! I usually bring a bicycle light plus my headlamp for around camp or even just navigating the trail. You can’t see your hands in front of your face at night on the C&O.

Cumberland to DC is 184.5 miles and almost all of it is on old dirt trails with some sections of crushed limestone surface so you won’t roll as fast as you would on a road.

Weather is another issue. If it has rained, prepare for puddles and mud.

In short, if you are confident that to you can do the miles at once, go for it. If you wish to take it in a bit more, do it over 2-3 days. A good itinerary is Cumberland to Hancock, Hancock to Harpers Ferry, and Harpers Ferry to DC.

Give us a report on your trip if you can!

John

 
Matt from Charlotte on 09/23/2020 02:02 PM
no question your heart can handle the full length of the C&O, the question is "can your body handle it?" Running & cycling are not the same thing. You'll be using different muscles and have different pressure points on your feet, hands, & backside.

I occasionally get to ride with a good friend of mine who finishes in the top 20 of his age group in the Boston marathon each year. I'm of moderate fitness and destroy him on the bike. There really isn't a good correlation between the two.

Then there is the issue of nutrition. 180 miles of cycling at a moderate pace, you're going to need between 8000 & 9000 calories to fuel your journey. Consuming that much food is a daunting task to complete without training for it.

It really comes down to how willing are you to suffer?


 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/23/2020 08:17 PM
Before I comment further, I'll convey a true story. One Sunday afternoon I was on the Amtrak train returning from DC to Pittsburgh having ridden the trail to DC. I met two young men on the train who were obvious cyclists and we struck up a conversation. I asked where they were headed and where they were going to ride. They replied that they were going to Cumberland and were going to ride back to DC. Since the train arrives in Cumberland around 8:00 PM, I asked where they were staying in Cumberland that evening. That's when they said that they weren't staying there but rather were going to immediately begin their ride back to DC when they got off the train and were expecting or required to be at work by lunch on Monday, i.e. they were going to ride most of the C&O at night and planned to make the trip in 16 clock hours! This would require that they average 11.5 mph with no stops. I wish I knew how they fared, especially in the dark of night.

But I digress. Could you make the trip in one day? With your running background, you should be fine aerobically especially since there are no hills or mountains on the Towpath. Further, your legs will probably be ok so long as you eat and drink along the way. I suspect your physical limit will be the strain of being in a cycling position for the duration and your butt! Your arms and back (and did I mention butt) may become weary from not have cycled that much, especially in a single day.

Perhaps a bigger issue will be that you will likely run out of daylight. You'll likely not have more than 12 hours of daylight and some of that will be dim in early October. To make the trip in 12 hours you'd have to average over 15 mph. That's a pretty tall order on the Towpath for all but the best of riders and, if its wet, even more dangerous IMHO. The best portions of the ride to make good time are on the paved WMRT into and out of Hancock and on the Towpath itself between Shepherdstown and Edwards Ferry.

Although I ride a fair amount and have done the C&O a few times, I'm too risk averse to think about trying to do the entire towpath in a single day. That said, I admire your ambitious goal. Just remember that old adage however: "Hope for the best and plan for the worst" that you may encounter or succumb to. Best of luck to you on your initial trip down the C&O regardless of how many days you take.

 
JM from Central Florida on 09/23/2020 08:35 PM
Take 2 days. I rode the Gap and C&O in just over 4 days two months ago (full panniers - camping). The C&O is harder than the Gap because the surface is rougher. As a reference point, I'm very fit (2:40 marathon best, over 50 trail ultramarathons, cross-Florida ride (177 miles) in under 10 hours, multiple Ironman finishes, etc.). Unless you are attempting a FKT on the C&O, you'd be hard pressed to complete it in one day and, if you did, you'd never want to do it again.

 
Adama from DC on 09/24/2020 10:01 PM
Why!?!?

 
Kevin from Boonsboro on 09/24/2020 10:44 PM
Allen... Go for it. It is certainly doable in a day. You're gonna miss the sights, scenery, and history of certain areas, but that is not what you asked. The reward is well worth it. You're definitely gonna need a light. I've done the towpath in a day on two different occasions during the summer. Took about 14 hours total (riding + stops) each time. I'd suggest leaving Cumberland about 6 in the morning and the first hour will be a slower warm-up. You'll need that light later in the day also. I've biked both the GAP and the C&O thru the night. With a good light you should find that the dark should NOT slow you down. For what it's worth, I did the Pittsburgh to DC nonstop adventure on a hardtail in just over 24 hours riding time and about 27 hours total time. I'm by no means a great athlete, and I was 57 years old when I did that. My point is, it's more mental than physical once the novelty wears off. The best $150ish I spent was on a Thudbuster seat post. My butt was no more sore at 335 miles than it was at 35 miles. Enjoy your ride!

 
Anonymous on 09/25/2020 06:57 AM
Having run a number of full marathons, I wouldn't consider that running a half marathon in 7:45 to be proof of being in shape for what might be a 20 hour bike ride, much of which will be in the dark. A lot of novices who do half marathons can't even finish a full marathon. It's not mental. It's physical. "Hitting the wall" at mile 17 is a very real thing. In any event, the darkness is probably the biggest problem. I don't think coyotes or bears prowl the trail, but deer, logs, potholes, mud, and rocks do. On good parts of the towpath, I can hit 15 mph on a strong mountain bike, but there are stretches where I'm lucky to make 10 mph. And if you do run into trouble at night, it's pretty tough to get help quickly. Adama's "Why?" is good advice.

 
Velocipede from Bethesda on 09/25/2020 09:33 AM
A buddy and I rode it in one day on July 17, with about 11.5 hours riding time and 14 hours elapsed time. For comparison, we are both high mileage, extremely fit riders and still found riding it at that pace to be grueling. You should plan to start at 5am or earlier and to finish well after dark. Lack of daylight will slow you down. Other than refilling water, stops should be limited to two at most and keep them short. Carry food with you and run tubeless tires or carry several spare tubes. While a single day ride doesn't let you stop and smell the roses, it is a fantastic physical challenge that still provides opportunity to see nice views, wildlife, etc.


Directions to Hillside Hotel, Knoxville, MD
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East Tennessee Sunshine from Clinton, TN on 09/24/2020 04:33 PM
We needed directions from the C&O Canal towpath, but when we called the hotel, they had no idea regarding any bicycle path I might be speaking of and could not provide directions. Google Maps was no help because it thought we were on a road instead of our actual location on the towpath. Finally, we were able to flag down a local biker who told us the way. To access this hotel from the C&O Canal Towpath or AT, get off the trail at mile marker 58, cross the train tracks, and take the left-most road 1.2 miles uphill to this hotel. There is a good liquor store right next door to the hotel, the Guide House Restaurant across the street, and a gas station next to the restaurant that also has limited hot food options. We were able to bring our bicycles into the room with us.

The motel was pretty run down. Next time, I think I'd check the lodging options in Brunswick.


 
Willy from Alexandria on 09/24/2020 07:49 PM
Sorry to hear of your issues regarding the Hillside Hotel. The place isn't rundown, but remember that the Hillside was built just after WW2. Places built later are made with the lessons learned from previous establishments.


I’m going to ride the gap start at Pittsburgh end in Leesburg. Looking for places to park the RV f
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Steve Dugard from Leesburg va on 09/23/2020 08:12 PM
My stepfather is driving an RV and going to meet us approximately 75 miles down the trail every day and was wondering if anybody knew good places to park an RV by the trail.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/23/2020 08:29 PM
The obvious places on the GAP would be in Ohiopyle and in Cumberland. There are parking lots in both towns where you could park an RV if you are not looking for hookups. Similarly, you could park an RV in Williamsport also. If you need hookups, then you will need to check out the various public and private parks along the way.

There is state park in Ohiopyle with services that accepts RV's. You'd need to make a reservation to do so.

Others may well have some other recommendations.


Water pumps losing handles!
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Adama from DC on 09/22/2020 10:36 PM
Hi everyone - this is just a PSA that the NPS pulled off a bunch of handles in the last few weeks. Make sure you check their Remote Water Faucet List towards the bottom of the page...here... https://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/conditions.htm#collapseCollapsible1600345572259

I ride almost every weekend between MM 30 and MM70 but took a few weeks off. My last trip this past weekend there were none open between Marble Quarry (MM 38) and Antietam Creek (MM69).

Fortunately, the weather has turned considerably more pleasant now, but I’d hate for someone to be ambushed on the water front.

Riding from DC to Cumberland in two weeks and I just added a third bottle cage, just in case!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 09/23/2020 08:46 AM
Interesting that they are being pulled. I doubt it’s Covid related and it’s not winter yet (it’s barely even autumn yet) so this ones a head scratcher. Possible they did tests on the water there and it’s not fit for consumption?

Thanks for the heads up for anyone heading that way.


GAP spur trails
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Jennifer R from Houston on 09/18/2020 09:33 PM
I did a search on this forum and a google search, but didn't find the exact information I wanted. Which cities have spur trails off the GAP that are worth riding? Thank you in advance.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/19/2020 09:46 AM
Well let's see. Starting in Pittsburgh itself you can cross the Allegheny River over the Fort Duquesne Bridge from Point State Park and connect with the paved Northshore Riverfront Trail that runs along the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers passing Heinz Field (Steelers), PNC Park (Pirates), Carnegie Science Center, Rivers Casino, etc.

In McKeesport you can leave the GAP Trail itself and continue on roads of the Steel Valley Trail which connects with the Montour Trail.

In South Connellsville, there is the Sheepskin Trail. This is a short, 2-mile trail to the small town of Dunbar. There is a small display of a rebuilt beehive coke oven similar to the thousands of such ovens in that region. There is also an interesting azure glass sculpture in the town's small historical center. Its history and path in getting to Dawson is quite interesting. If interested you should check with the Dunbar Historical Society to insure it is open at the day/time of your visit. Often they will open just for you if they know you are coming. Note the trail is a little rough as it passes along a railroad yard.

While groundbreaking has just begun, I understand there is/will be a short, 1.4 mile initial portion of the spur for the 9/11 Trail in route to the Shankstown Memorial of the 9/11 plane crash there. This short spur will pass through the small town of Garrett, PA.

That is the last "spur" trail on the GAP Trail to Cumberland that I am aware of. However, there are a number of opportunities to leave the trail and visit the small towns along the GAP Trail. Each has a particular history associated the the railroad and and the industries it served in its heyday.

While not part of nor spurs from the GAP Trail, there are numerous other rail trails in the the western Pennsylvania area (25 to 30 miles long) that are enjoyable rides as well.

If I can provide any additional information, I'd be happy to assist if possible.

 
Jennifer R from Houston on 09/19/2020 08:32 PM
Thank you so much for this information!! This is perfect! We are riding the GAP from Cumberland to Pittsburgh in mid October and am planning on taking our time to enjoy the history and the scenery and the towns along the way. We are flying over from Houston with our bikes. We cannot wait!! We rode across Missouri last year on the Katy Bike Trail. We love the rails to trails!

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/20/2020 09:21 AM
Since you have the luxury of time and are starting in Cumberland, you might look into taking a ride up the hill from Cumberland to Frostburg (~16 miles) on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. The GAP Trail between these two towns runs alongside this railroad. I don't know whether the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in the cancellation of the these fall excursion trips but you can call them to find out and what the schedule may be. I understand you can even put your bike on one of the railcars thereby avoiding the first 16 miles of the 23-mile climb up the hill to the Eastern Continental Divide. Even if you don't take the train up to Frostburg, it's worth the effort to ride up the switchback trail from the GAP trailhead at Frostburg to the railroad turntable at the terminus of the train just below the town of Frostburg.

Further on in Meyersdale, its worth a few minutes, if not an overnight stop, to visit the train station along the trail there. Further on, the small towns of Rockwood and Confluence are worth leaving the trail for a few blocks to cross to the other side of the river to get a cup of coffee or a bite to eat.

As you arrive in Ohiopyle, take a few minutes to check out the white water rafters and kayakers beneath the bridges.

I could go on and on about the small towns and villages further downriver to Pittsburgh. In general, just try to envision what those towns and villages looked like when the railroad ran along that route and the people and families who lived there toiling in the industries served by the railroad. In doing so, you will capture the essence of the GAP and Western Pennsylvania.

 
Jennifer R from Houston on 09/20/2020 09:44 AM
Please...go on and on as much as you want!! We are purposely only riding 30 miles or less each day so we can really explore each town we go through. We love off the beaten path places to see and to eat. We will have a full day and overnight in Cumberland on the front end of our trip as well as a full day and overnight in Pittsburgh at the end of our trip.

So...any info you want to post...we will happily read it and add it to our itinerary. We've been doing a lot of internet searching...but there's nothing like hearing it from the locals who love it! Thanks so much!!

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/21/2020 09:32 AM
Ok, but remember you asked for it! :-)

At last I mentioned the white water at Ohiopyle and further downriver (toward Pittsburgh) the Sheepskin Trail to Dunbar, PA. The next town is Connellsville. It is the largest town between Cumberland and Pittsburgh. It has a variety of restaurants and stores as well as a good bike shop that is right on the trail.

Leaving Connellsville, you'll reach the village of Dawson. You must ride up to and over the bridge to get to the village itself. It is just a shell of what it once was during the height of the coal mining and coke making era in the region. There you will find a large, beautiful church, restored estate home and remnants of a prominent bank in its time. Somewhere I read that in those days it had the largest per capita income in the world although it is difficult to imagine that in its current condition.

From Dawson to Boston, there are a number of small railside residential communities that were generally populated by the workers in these industries. Curiously, nearly every one has a baseball field and childrens' park that provide(d) recreation for the residents. You'll find various remnants of the coal mining industry along the way.

From Boston to Pittsburgh there are multiple former, large steel mill sites. With the exception of US Steel's Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock, PA, across the river from the trail as you approach Homestead, PA, these have all been closed and demolished over the years and now serve as regional industrial parks. There are but a few remaining visible vestiges of those spralling mills in those industrial parks. In two instances the former steel mills have been converted into large shopping centers (Homestead) and commercial districts (Pittsburgh's Southside area). IF you were want to seek them out there are several of the libraries built by Andrew Carnegie in these former steel mill towns, the largest of which is in Homestead PA a few blocks from the trail.

Well, so much for my travelogue this morning. If you don't already have one, the GAP Trail Guide book ($10) is a worthwhile resource and reference for your trip as well as this bikecando,com website,

 
Jennifer R from Houston on 09/22/2020 02:20 PM
Thank you so much (again)! I appreciate all your responses and we will add them to our list.


Confluence Cyclery in Confluence
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Robert Osborne from Coxs Creek, KY on 09/21/2020 02:15 PM
Do you offer shuttles for the GAP trail? I'm looking for a shuttle from Confluence to Meyersdale.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 09/21/2020 04:13 PM
Robert, this is a general forum about the GAP/C&O. I would call Confluence Cyclery and see if they’re doing shuttles.

John

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/22/2020 10:07 AM
The Cumberland Trail Connection bike shop at:

https://www.ctcbikes.com/

will also provide shuttles along the GAP. You can contact via that website and information therein.


Big Wheel Bikes in Georgetown - Washington
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TG from austin on 09/03/2020 07:05 PM
we will be riding the GAP trail and the C&O trail in a few weeks. We will be taking the train back to Pittsburg. Is there a clean, safe place to stay the night close to the Amtrak station?

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/03/2020 07:33 PM
There are three hotels in close proximity to the Pittsburgh's Union Station. They are in order of distance from the train station:

AC Hotel by Mariott
Hampton Inn
Homewood Suites

All are within reasonable walking distance and can be seen using Google Maps. That is a reasonably safe area of downtown.

There are others on Grant Street downtown that are not much further nor particularly more/less safe. They too can be seen on Google Maps.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/03/2020 07:33 PM
There are three hotels in close proximity to the Pittsburgh's Union Station. They are in order of distance from the train station:

AC Hotel by Mariott
Hampton Inn
Homewood Suites

All are within reasonable walking distance and can be seen using Google Maps. That is a reasonably safe area of downtown.

There are others on Grant Street downtown that are not much further nor particularly more/less safe. They too can be seen on Google Maps.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/03/2020 07:33 PM
There are three hotels in close proximity to the Pittsburgh's Union Station. They are in order of distance from the train station:

AC Hotel by Mariott
Hampton Inn
Homewood Suites

All are within reasonable walking distance and can be seen using Google Maps. That is a reasonably safe area of downtown.

There are others on Grant Street downtown that are not much further nor particularly more/less safe. They too can be seen on Google Maps.

 
Bike traveler from Austin, Texas on 09/04/2020 08:09 AM
Last summer I stayed at the Drury on Grant Street. My room was really big and they didn’t give me any trouble about taking my bike to my room.

Have a great trip.

 
Jennifer R from Houston on 09/21/2020 08:17 AM
Have you confirmed your amtrak ticket? We had ours completely reserved months in advanced for two adults and two bikes for a Saturday morning and got notice a couple weeks ago that they canceled our route. They offered us a different day, but there were no bike spots available. It definitely threw a wrench in our plan for sure, but we ended up renting a van for one way and in the long run, it will be cheaper and way more convenient.


Roundbottom Campsite in Perryopolis non potable water
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jluey from Pittsburgh on 09/20/2020 06:18 AM
As of 9.16.2020 the water at Roundbottom is non potable.


Rivers Edge Family Campground in Connellsville
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Bella from Houston, TX on 08/27/2020 11:51 PM
Website only allows 2 night reservation. Not convenient for bike/tent camping.

 
Casey D from Pittsburgh on 08/30/2020 07:56 PM
The River's Edge Campground has a specific area for bicycle campers. I don't believe it is part of their normal booking system, but it is a big fenced in field, and there is plenty of room to get bikers in there. You should not need to make reservations, as I don't believe they've ever been full. I hope this helps.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, ramp on 08/31/2020 11:02 PM
I agree with Casey D's observation. The biker's tent area quite under utilized. I rarely see any, let alone, multiple tents there. I just went past there a week ago and there was just one tent up. Further, I've tented there a couple of times without any reservation

The 2-night online reservation limit may well be targeted at the weekend RV campers. The RV areas are quite full.

If you truly want to tent there, I'd call them to get the applicable info for tents there.

 
Liam from ohio on 09/18/2020 01:00 PM
ok. I found the discussion! Any hammock poles or trees for us here?

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 09/18/2020 04:33 PM
The area for tents was developed along with an RV parking area expansion about 3 years ago. Having ridden by that area several times, there are few, if any, trees there. I’d call them to verify my observation or perhaps they have an alternate area with trees especially on the side of the trail next to the river.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 09/18/2020 04:34 PM
The area for tents was developed along with an RV parking area expansion about 3 years ago. Having ridden by that area several times, there are few, if any, trees there. I’d call them to verify my observation or perhaps they have an alternate area with trees especially on the side of the trail next to the river.


Rivers Edge Family Campground in Connellsville
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Liam from ohio on 09/17/2020 03:16 PM
it is absurd to offer bike sites, but have a 2 night minimum stay. I would just have a transient hiker biker area, and charge per person. 8

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 09/17/2020 09:50 PM
Liam, look about 3/4ths the way down this forum page where this exact complaint was brought up. In short, the 2 night requirement is for RV’s not hiker/bikers with tents.

 
Liam from ohio on 09/18/2020 12:53 PM
Ok, I will try and check that information. Still trying to locate above comments. Will probably call the campground to confirm. If booking online the site will not let me book for one night, or its not easy to find.


Bay Farms B&B in Williamsport
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Diane from Philadelphia on 09/16/2020 08:19 AM
This was a very comfortable place to stay. We had the 3rd floor suite and it was clean and bed was comfortable and only 2 blocks from the trail. Jessie, the owner of the B&B was very accommodating. And a nice breakfast.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/18/2020 10:40 AM
Diane

Thanks for that review. It's nice to see another good B&B option in Williamsport especially near to the trail. Elmwood Farm B&B is also a nice lodging at Williamsport albeit further from the trail. It does however offer a free shuttle service.


Restaurant in Connelsville
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H. Thomas from Great Lakes on 09/18/2020 09:43 AM
I'd like to give a shoutout to Ruvo's Italian Restaurant, just a couple blocks off the trail in Connelsville. Bikers are welcome, the hosts are gracious, the food is excellent and the prices are lower than would be expected. It's BYOB but they held our table while we bought wine nearby, and made a great ending to a long day. Give it a try if you're passing thru. Our group of 4 bikers age 61-68 gives it's a unanimous 5 star rating.


GPX or KML file with campsites, ... ??
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TexasTree from Houston on 09/17/2020 02:00 AM
Wondering if the trip planner information is in a GPX or KML or mymaps with google for ontrail offline access?


End of C & O to Reagon Airport
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Myron Yoder from Middlebury, IN on 09/12/2020 04:35 PM
I've not been able to locate a map or information regarding riding our bikes to Reagan Airport from C & O. We are wanting to rent a van to drive back to Pittsburg.

 
Richard from DC on 09/12/2020 04:55 PM
It's a piece of cake. You just drop down to the river and follow it, bike paths all the way, to the 14th Street Bridge at the Jefferson Memorial. When you cross the bridge, you cloverleaf down to another bike path that will take you to the airport. Maybe two miles from the end of the towpath to the bridge, less than a half mile over the bridge, and a mile to the airport. But the rental car places are on Highway 1, which is west of the bike path. Cell phone GPS would help you find everything.
Also, at about Mile 1, you'll see an asphalt bike path at Fletcher's Boathouse. Finishing the last mile on that puts you right along the river and the bike path that goes to the 14th Bridge. Follow the airplanes if all else fails.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 09/12/2020 07:06 PM
To see the route(s), request a route from Fletchers Cove Boathouse to Ronald Reagan National Airport in Google Maps and you'll first see the principal bike route that passes near Milepost 0 at the end of the C&O Towpath.

You can also get to Reagan by not going all the way to Milepost 0 along the principal route above but rather cross the Potomac via the Francis Scott Key Bridge to the bike trail on the west side of the river. To see this route in Google Maps just drag the original route displayed for the original directions to the west side of the river after the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

You can expand the displayed maps as necessary to see all the necessary detail to follow the directions. It is a rather easy ride but requires some vigilance to the directions the first time you do it. It is about 8 miles from the Fletchers Cove Boathouse to the Airport via either route.

Hope this helps.


Amtrak Washington DC Station in Georgetown - Washington
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TG from Austin on 09/02/2020 06:12 PM
How far is it from the C& O towpath trailhead to the Amtrak station in Washington DC?

 
BobK from McLean on 09/02/2020 06:52 PM
Looks like about 3 to 4 miles depending on which route you take, but it looks like Lock 1 is right around the Four Seasons Hotel and if you take the Pennsylvania Avenue route to K street, its about 3.2 miles on Google
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20007

Head north toward Pennsylvania Avenue NW
7 s (66 ft)

Turn right onto Pennsylvania Avenue NW
2 min (0.4 mi)

At Washington Cir NW, take the 3rd exit onto K St NW
2 min (0.3 mi)

Continue to K St NW
5 min (1.0 mi)

Continue straight to stay on K St NW
1 min (0.2 mi)

Take Massachusetts Ave NW to Columbus Circle Northeast
7 min (1.1 mi)

Drive to Union Station Dr NE

 
Matt from Charlotte on 09/04/2020 08:41 AM
DC is rather bike friendly. Plenty of bike lanes & once you get to the National Mall, it's a cake walk to cover a good chunk of the distance. pull up directions on google maps & pop in an earbud to help with navigation.


Dravo Landing Campsite in Buena Vista
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mike pro on 09/03/2020 09:26 AM
Can I park overnight?

 
Rivnuts from Homestead. PA on 09/03/2020 01:51 PM
There is no vehicle access to nor parking at The Dravo Camping area. The closest place to park a car would be at a pavilion at Buena Vista which is about 1.5 miles upriver.

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