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Camping at Locks and other places
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wnybubba from Bflo/Roc NY on 07/15/2021 08:57 AM
I'm wondering if camping is allowed at Locks (or Lockhouses) along the C&O. Do you have to camp at the designated camping area or is it allowed in other places. In planning, I was looking at a couple places that looked like they would be great -- one with parking.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/16/2021 09:09 PM
As you no doubt know, you can make reservations at and stay overnight in selected lock houses. However, I’m not aware that you are permitted nor have I seen outdoor camping at any of the lock houses. For information, most do not have toilet facilities or water.

To confirm their rules about camping there I would suggest you contact the National Park Service. I doubt it is permitted but there is no harm in asking.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 07/17/2021 10:43 AM
Additionally I found a list of public, private and commercial camping locatons along the C&O and GAP at:

https://gaptrail.org/before-you-go/camping/

That list contains the following camping locations:

Mile Marker Campground Name Campground Type
C&O Mile 11.5 Marsden Tract Public, but Limited to Civic and Scout Groups
C&O Mile 16.6 Swains Lock Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 26.1 Horsepen Branch Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 30.5 Chisel Branch Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 34.4 Turtle Run Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 38.2 Marble Quarry Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 42.5 Indian Flats Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 47.6 Calico Rocks Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 50.3 Bald Eagle Island Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 54.0 Brunswick Family Campground Commercial
C&O Mile 62.9 Huckleberry Hill Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 69.4 Antietam Creek Public
C&O Mile 75.2 Killiansburg Cave Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 79.2 Horseshoe Bend Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 82.7 Big Woods Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 90.9 Opequon Junction Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 95.2 Cumberland Valley Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 101.2 Jordan Junction Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 110.0 North Mountain Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 110.4 McCoys Ferry Public
C&O Mile 116.0 Licking Creek Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 120.6 Little Pool Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 126.0 White Rock Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 129.9 Leopards Mill Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 133.6 Cacapon Junction Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 139.2 Indigo Neck Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 140.9 Fifteen Mile Creek Public
C&O Mile 141.0 Little Orleans Campground Commercial
C&O Mile 144.5 Devil’s Alley Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 149.4 Stickpile Hill Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 154.1 Sorrel Ridge Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 156.0 Paw Paw Tunnel Public
C&O Mile 157.4 Purslane Run Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 162.1 Town Creek Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 164.8 Potomac Forks Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 169.1 Pigmans Ferry Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 173.3 Spring Gap Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 175.3 Irons Mountain Hiker-Biker
C&O Mile 180.1 Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker
GAP Mile 0.0 Cumberland YMCA Commercial
GAP Mile 15.5 Trail Inn Lodging and Campground Commercial
GAP Mile 31.9 Maple Festival Park Primitive Campground Commercial
GAP Mile 43.8 Husky Haven Campground and Guesthouse Commercial
GAP Mile 61.4 Youghiogheny Dam Outflow Campground Public
GAP Mile 61.4 Paddler’s Lane Campground Commercial
GAP Mile 72.6 Kentuck Public
GAP Mile 89.4 Connellsville Hiker-Biker Hiker-Biker
GAP Mile 92.0 KOA at River’s Edge Commercial
GAP Mile 99.6 Roundbottom Hiker-Biker Hiker-Biker
GAP Mile 110.2 Cedar Creek Hiker-Biker Hiker-Biker
GAP Mile 110.3 Cedar Creek Park Public
GAP MIle 114.1 GAP Trail Campground Commercial
GAP Mile 122.6 Dravo Hiker-Biker Hiker-Biker

Of note there are no lockhouses listed as campsites.

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc NY on 07/22/2021 08:15 PM
@Rivnuts -- Thanks much appreciated. Not exactly the same at the Erie Canalway where we pretty much depend on being able to campout at most locks. Looking around on Google Maps (surprisingly the C&O is all there) several of the areas and grassy areas near parking lots look to be decent places to camp. Also the difference from the Erie is that the hiker/biker camps are not near towns. NP -- just makes planning more important.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 07/22/2021 09:15 PM
I didn't realize you could camp at the locks along the Erie Canalway. That opens up a lot of flexibility in trip planning across that trail. Since many of the locks there are still in operation, the areas around them are generally very well maintained. Thanks for that info.

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Western Maryland Trail
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wnybubba from Bflo/Roc NY on 07/15/2021 09:05 AM
I'm a bit confused here... if I understand correctly, it is wise to take the WMT rather than staying on the C&O. Looking at the map it appears that there aren't very many places to get to and from the C&O once you have made the WMT commitment. I'm looking at an overnight at Little Pool and see that I should be able to get back to the C&O in Hancock, but I'd have to back-track to get back to the WMT in the AM. It just doesn't appear that there are any places to re-connect between the two trails. Am I correct here? [I'll add to this question that I'm assuming that there are not places along the WMT to camp. Is that correct?]

 
Willy from Alexandria,VA on 07/15/2021 11:06 AM
Hello
There are connectors between the C&O canal and the Western Maryland Rail Trail approximately every 3 or 4 miles over the 27 mile length of the WMRT.

There are no camping sites along the WMRT proper, but combined with the existing connectors between the C&O and the WMRT one can get off one trail to get to the other without riding back to Hancock from Little Pool.

The Department of Natural Resources of the State of Maryland has a nice map of the relationship between the C&O canal and the WMRT on their website.

https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/pages/western/wmrt.aspx

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 07/18/2021 05:44 PM
WNYBubba: You can connect to the WMRT at Little Orleans on High Germany Rd. Either go up the road till you reach the trail or go under the little tunnel and turn left up to the WMRT parking lot right before Bills Place and connect there. You can see from this map here:
https://www.westernmarylandrailtrail.com/map-extension

Also, you can switch between trails at Pearre, Little Pool, Mile Marker Lane, and a few of the dams. The last one, Ernstville Rd., is your last chance to connect to the C&O. After you pass MM 1, be on the lookout for Ernstville Rd. It will be there in about two tenths of a mile after. Turn right and go 100 yards and go on to the dirt path that takes you to C&O. If you reach Mile 0 of the WMRT you’ve gone too far. The interchange is about at MM 0.8.

All free hiker/biker sites are on the C&O, not on the WMRT but you’re always close to an interchange to a campsite.

 
John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 07/18/2021 07:26 PM
And there are interchanges at Hancock of course!

 
wnybubba from Bflo/Roc NY on 07/22/2021 08:10 PM
Great info -- thanks. Leaving tomorrow for Homestead and heading east to DC. Luckily I have a friend in Arlington that I'll be able to stay with once in DC -- hopefully get there on Thursday. Train out on Monday. -bubba

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 07/22/2021 09:10 PM
As I live in Homestead, I'm sorry I can't welcome you to Pittsburgh and ride a few miles out of town. I'm leaving to ride in Ohio tomorrow morning. Have a great ride. The weather looks good for the next few days.

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Roundbottom Campsite in Perryopolis
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Brian on 07/20/2021 10:16 AM
Are there trees here to hang a hammock?

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/20/2021 12:22 PM
Yes. Google “Round Bottom Campground” and select/view Images.

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Roundbottom Campsite in Perryopolis
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may ton on 07/19/2021 07:13 AM
Does this campsite has POTABLE water?

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/19/2021 07:30 AM
While there is a well with a pump, there is a sign there denoting it as non-potable. That sign was added a few years ago. There is potable water on either side of Round Bottom in Whitsett and Connellsville.

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Street Address for the end of the C&O Trail
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Rick from Greenock, PA on 07/17/2021 08:05 PM
Wife and I are planning to bike into DC. Can anyone tell me the street address near mile zero?

Thanks.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/17/2021 09:06 PM

It is behind/aside the Thompson Boat Center whose address is:

2900 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037

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Parking at the trail stops parking lots
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NEF from Greensburg pa on 07/16/2021 07:36 AM
Hi, does anyone know if it is permitted to park at the trail stop parking lots in the DC area for an extended period of time?

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trail condition - all 185 miles of C&O bike path
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jy on 07/15/2021 11:25 AM
We would appreciate any comments/updates on the condition of any/all portions of the 185 mile C&O bike path from Georgetown to Cumberland. In other words, which portions are paved, hard packed, loose gravel, other? Thank you, Jim

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 07/15/2021 08:19 PM
Other than the 24 miles of the paved Western Maryland Rail Trail (WMRT) that parallels the C&O and the couple of miles of the repaired trail around Big Slackwater the balance of the C&O Towpath is crushed stone, fine gravel and hard packed earth. Of the unpaved length, there is a 40+ mile section from Shepherdstown to Edwards Ferry that has been improved with new, smooth, free draining crushed gravel in recent years. This is a good riding surface under most conditions.

If you leave the C&O and take the Capital Crescent Trail from Fletchers Boathouse on into Georgetown DC that is another 3-miles of pavement.

The 44-mile section between Cumberland and Little Orleans is generally hard packed earth (when dry) or puddles and mud (when wet).

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Lock #06 in Georgetown - Washington
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JRS from Pittsburgh pa on 07/14/2021 07:41 PM
We are looking for parking in the DC area while we ride from Pittsburgh. Are we permitted to park at the trail stop parking lot for an extended period of time? If so, is there a fee at these lots?

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Ruvo’s Italian Restaurant in Connellsville
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Daisy on 07/13/2021 01:13 PM
My friend and I biked the GAP Trail and stopped in Connellsville and had an amazing dinner at Ruvo's Italian Restaurant. The restaurant serves family style and we shared the chicken parm. More than enough food for the both of us. We also had such an amazing waitress, Mia and chef and owner, Anthony. Would recommend this to anyone stopping in the area!

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Water at Hiker Biker Sites
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BigEv from Pittsburgh on 07/11/2021 09:17 PM
Are the water pumps at all of the hiker biker campsites operable and safe to drink right now? Planning on riding the C&O later this week and want to make sure I’m planning appropriately.

 
Sarge P from Sarasota, Fl. on 07/12/2021 07:46 AM
Hi BigEv, I rode the C&O 7/1 to 7/5 and MOST of the pumps are operable, and are posted as safe drinking water. There were a couple along the way that vigorous movement of the handle produced no water.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/12/2021 09:36 AM
The list below is taken from the National Park Service C&O website. I can’t vouch for the currency/accuracy of this list at this time but, perhaps, it will allow others to be specific about their current observations.

Remote Water Faucet List

On Fletcher's Cove (MM 3.21)
On Lock 5 (MM 5)
On Lock 10 (MM 8.8)
On Carderock Recreation Area (MM 10.5)
Off Marsden Tract (MM 11.5)
On Anglers Access (MM 12.2)
On Great Falls Tavern Restrooms (MM 14.3)
Off Swains Lockhouse (MM 16.64)
Off Swains Campground (MM 16.7)
On Seneca Creek/Rileys (MM 22)
On Horsepen Branch Campsite (MM 26)
On Chisel Branch Campsite (MM 30.5)
On Turtle Run Campsite (MM 34.4)
On Marble Quarrry Campsite (MM 38.2)
On Indian Flats (MM 42.4)
On Calico Rocks Campsite (MM 47.7)
On Bald Eagle Island Campsite (MM 50.3)
Off Lock 34 (MM 61.5)
On Huckleberry Hill Campsite (MM 62.9)
On Antietam Creek Campground (MM 69.6)
On Killiansburg Cave Campsite (MM 75.4)
On Horseshoe Bend Campsite (MM 79.7)
On Big Woods Campsite (MM 82.4)
On Opequon Junction Campsite (MM 90.8)
On Cumberland Valley Campsite (MM 95.2)
On Cushwa Basin Restrooms (MM 99.7)
On Jordan Junction Campsite (MM 101.2)
On Four Locks Picnic Area (MM 108.9)
On North Mountain Campsite (MM 109.2)
On McCoys Ferry (MM 110)
On Licking Creek Campsite (MM 116)
On Little Pool Campsite (MM 120.7)
On White Rock Campsite (MM 126.5)
Off Leopards Mill (MM 129.9)
Off Cacapon Junction (MM 133.6)
On Indigo Neck (MM 139)
Off Fifteen Mile Creek Campground (MM 140.9)
On Devils Alley (MM 144.5)
On Stickpile Hill Campsite (MM 149.3)
Off Sorrel Ridge Campsite (MM 154.1)
Off Arbaugh (MM 155)
Off Paw Paw (MM 156)
On Purslane Run Campsite (MM 157.4)
On Town Creek (MM 162)
On Potomac Forks (MM 165)
On Pigmans Ferry (MM 169)
On Spring Gap (MM 173)
Off Irons Mountain Campsite (MM 175.4)
Off Evitts Creek Campsite (MM 180)
On Cumberland Visitor Center (MM 184.5)

 
BigEv from Pittsburgh on 07/12/2021 06:05 PM
Awesome! Thank you for this info.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/12/2021 07:49 PM
The list below is taken from the National Park Service C&O website. I can’t vouch for the currency/accuracy of this list at this time but, perhaps, it will allow others to be specific about their current observations.

Remote Water Faucet List

On Fletcher's Cove (MM 3.21)
On Lock 5 (MM 5)
On Lock 10 (MM 8.8)
On Carderock Recreation Area (MM 10.5)
Off Marsden Tract (MM 11.5)
On Anglers Access (MM 12.2)
On Great Falls Tavern Restrooms (MM 14.3)
Off Swains Lockhouse (MM 16.64)
Off Swains Campground (MM 16.7)
On Seneca Creek/Rileys (MM 22)
On Horsepen Branch Campsite (MM 26)
On Chisel Branch Campsite (MM 30.5)
On Turtle Run Campsite (MM 34.4)
On Marble Quarrry Campsite (MM 38.2)
On Indian Flats (MM 42.4)
On Calico Rocks Campsite (MM 47.7)
On Bald Eagle Island Campsite (MM 50.3)
Off Lock 34 (MM 61.5)
On Huckleberry Hill Campsite (MM 62.9)
On Antietam Creek Campground (MM 69.6)
On Killiansburg Cave Campsite (MM 75.4)
On Horseshoe Bend Campsite (MM 79.7)
On Big Woods Campsite (MM 82.4)
On Opequon Junction Campsite (MM 90.8)
On Cumberland Valley Campsite (MM 95.2)
On Cushwa Basin Restrooms (MM 99.7)
On Jordan Junction Campsite (MM 101.2)
On Four Locks Picnic Area (MM 108.9)
On North Mountain Campsite (MM 109.2)
On McCoys Ferry (MM 110)
On Licking Creek Campsite (MM 116)
On Little Pool Campsite (MM 120.7)
On White Rock Campsite (MM 126.5)
Off Leopards Mill (MM 129.9)
Off Cacapon Junction (MM 133.6)
On Indigo Neck (MM 139)
Off Fifteen Mile Creek Campground (MM 140.9)
On Devils Alley (MM 144.5)
On Stickpile Hill Campsite (MM 149.3)
Off Sorrel Ridge Campsite (MM 154.1)
Off Arbaugh (MM 155)
Off Paw Paw (MM 156)
On Purslane Run Campsite (MM 157.4)
On Town Creek (MM 162)
On Potomac Forks (MM 165)
On Pigmans Ferry (MM 169)
On Spring Gap (MM 173)
Off Irons Mountain Campsite (MM 175.4)
Off Evitts Creek Campsite (MM 180)
On Cumberland Visitor Center (MM 184.5)

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/13/2021 09:55 AM
The list below is taken from the National Park Service C&O website. I can’t vouch for the currency/accuracy of this list at this time but, perhaps, it will allow others to be specific about their current observations.

Remote Water Faucet List

On Fletcher's Cove (MM 3.21)
On Lock 5 (MM 5)
On Lock 10 (MM 8.8)
On Carderock Recreation Area (MM 10.5)
Off Marsden Tract (MM 11.5)
On Anglers Access (MM 12.2)
On Great Falls Tavern Restrooms (MM 14.3)
Off Swains Lockhouse (MM 16.64)
Off Swains Campground (MM 16.7)
On Seneca Creek/Rileys (MM 22)
On Horsepen Branch Campsite (MM 26)
On Chisel Branch Campsite (MM 30.5)
On Turtle Run Campsite (MM 34.4)
On Marble Quarrry Campsite (MM 38.2)
On Indian Flats (MM 42.4)
On Calico Rocks Campsite (MM 47.7)
On Bald Eagle Island Campsite (MM 50.3)
Off Lock 34 (MM 61.5)
On Huckleberry Hill Campsite (MM 62.9)
On Antietam Creek Campground (MM 69.6)
On Killiansburg Cave Campsite (MM 75.4)
On Horseshoe Bend Campsite (MM 79.7)
On Big Woods Campsite (MM 82.4)
On Opequon Junction Campsite (MM 90.8)
On Cumberland Valley Campsite (MM 95.2)
On Cushwa Basin Restrooms (MM 99.7)
On Jordan Junction Campsite (MM 101.2)
On Four Locks Picnic Area (MM 108.9)
On North Mountain Campsite (MM 109.2)
On McCoys Ferry (MM 110)
On Licking Creek Campsite (MM 116)
On Little Pool Campsite (MM 120.7)
On White Rock Campsite (MM 126.5)
Off Leopards Mill (MM 129.9)
Off Cacapon Junction (MM 133.6)
On Indigo Neck (MM 139)
Off Fifteen Mile Creek Campground (MM 140.9)
On Devils Alley (MM 144.5)
On Stickpile Hill Campsite (MM 149.3)
Off Sorrel Ridge Campsite (MM 154.1)
Off Arbaugh (MM 155)
Off Paw Paw (MM 156)
On Purslane Run Campsite (MM 157.4)
On Town Creek (MM 162)
On Potomac Forks (MM 165)
On Pigmans Ferry (MM 169)
On Spring Gap (MM 173)
Off Irons Mountain Campsite (MM 175.4)
Off Evitts Creek Campsite (MM 180)
On Cumberland Visitor Center (MM 184.5)

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Best lodging in West Newton, Ohiopyle, Meyersdale
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Sara from Sherrard on 06/24/2021 07:58 PM
Looking for not the cheapest. Must have a bed that doesn't sag and be a place that is very clean. Thank you for recommendations for West Newton, Ohiopyle, and Meyersdale.

 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 06/28/2021 08:02 PM
I can recommend Yoder’s Guesthouse in Meyersdale. I have stayed there.

 
Bill in Houston from Houston on 07/06/2021 02:48 PM
We had good beds in Ohiopyle. My notes say we stayed at "Laurel Highlands Guest House Fern Cliff Room 1"

 
rj on 07/08/2021 05:00 PM
We stayed at Bright Morning B and B in West Newton and were very pleased.
In Meyersdale, the Morguen Toole Company was very interesting and adequate. Very unique place if you like interesting.

didn't stay in Ohiopyle. we rolled through on a weekend and it was crowded and appeared pretty touristy (but very pretty) we were glad we hadn't planned to stay there.

 
Geo from Kennett Square PA on 07/12/2021 06:27 PM
We have stayed at the Morguen Toole Company in Myersdale twice and really liked it. Great room, great food (cant tell if their restaurant is open) and indoor parking for bikes. If you stay there you have to go to the GI Dayroom for breakfast great food! Ohiopyle we stayed at the state park. There is a trail from the GAP that takes you there but is unrideable going up and you need to be pretty good/determined to ride it down. Great showers there and nice campground, I didnt think it was worth the long steep walk up after a 75 mile day. Myersdale is a great location because you have a few miles to ride before the awesome down hill into Cumberland.

 
CandoJim from NC on 07/12/2021 09:12 PM
I camped at the state park in Ohiopyle about this time last summer, and I recommend against it. In addition to the steep walk up to the park, the campground was very noisy (party types) late into the night (past midnight). I spoke to a park ranger about the noise and received what I'd politely describe as a "brush off".

The hiker-biker campsites along the GAP and C&O are great, and my experiences with the private campgrounds are also very positive. But Ohiopyle S.P. is permanently off my list.

Travel safely and enjoy the trail.

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EBA 6 from Shaker Hts on 07/10/2021 10:12 AM
new to C and O

 
Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 07/11/2021 07:52 PM
Welcome

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Lunch Stop
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Sarge P from Sarasota, Fl. on 06/19/2021 04:27 PM
Hi All - I'll be riding the GAP/C&O for the first time coming up in a week's time or so. The ride from Cumberland to Hancock is 60 miles and I will need lunch around midpoint, which looks like Paw Paw. Is the jaunt into town in WV, to Amanda's Place, not overly time consuming, or should I pack a lunch when leaving Cumberland? This will be a long day in the saddle!

 
Rob from Rivnuts on 06/19/2021 06:49 PM
It is, say, about a 10-minute ride across the river to Paw Paw. You can get a sandwich and snacks at the deli in the gas station.

 
Sarge P from Sarasota, Fl. on 06/20/2021 01:33 PM
Thanks for that information Rob, your are appreciated!

 
John W. from Pittsburgh, PA on 06/20/2021 03:47 PM
Note that Amanda’s is not open on Mondays and Tuesdays. The Liberty gas station right next door has a snack bar that will make burgers, hot dogs, etc. on top of typical convenience store fare. Easy ride into town, maybe 80% of it on a new path they built off the C&O. The road part has decent shoulders.


 
Sarge P from Sarasota, Fl. on 06/21/2021 07:55 PM
Ok then, Paw Paw is on the itinerary for lunch as it will be July 1st, a Thursday, when I hit that area. Whether it's Amanda's or Liberty's, I'm sure there'll be something good for refueling. Thank you gentlemen!

 
Kurt from St Paul, MN on 06/21/2021 11:32 PM
I just want to vouch for the Liberty gas station. Their sandwiches are nothing fancy but excellent. I have overnighted in Paw Paw the last two years and love that place.

 
Indy Rider from Indianapolis on 06/23/2021 11:52 AM
I will also vouch for Amanda. I ordered the steak sandwich and my girlfriend got a cheeseburger. Both were outstanding! Amanda was a super kind woman, didn't mind one bit that we were caked in mud.

 
Sarge P from Sarasota, Fl. on 06/23/2021 09:23 PM
So I guess I'll flip a coin then!

 
Joe Mario on 07/07/2021 12:10 PM
Another vote for eating lunch at the Liberty Gas station. Their sandwiches are great.

 
Sarge P from Sarasota, Fl. on 07/10/2021 10:17 AM
So I ended up at the Liberty. I ordered the chicken sandwich - lettuce, tomato, mayo, and I asked the gal if she had pickles. She answered, "dill or sweet?". Put some of each on it, I replied. When she finished preparing my lunch, she handed me a delicious meal that had pickles piled 6" high. Fabulous.

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Trail conditions from Carderock Recreation Area to west
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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.

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5 or 6 day itinerary
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LMM from Lithia, Florida on 06/22/2021 11:59 AM
Hi all!
Planning to ride the GAP and C&O in early September. Any recommendations or ideas for a nice 5 or 6 day plan leaving from Pittsburgh? I will be camping.
Thanks in advance!
LMM

 
Andy from Pittsburgh on 06/22/2021 12:56 PM
The itinerary we have basically used three times now is:
Day 1: Pittsburgh to Dravo Cemetery or Cedar Creek (~27 or 37 miles)
Day 2: Dravo or Cedar Creek to Confluence (Outflow Campground) (60 or 50 miles)
Day 3: Confluence to Cumberland (YMCA campground) (60 miles)
Day 4: Cumberland to Hancock (park next to river) or Licking Creek (60 or 64 miles)
Day 5: Hancock or Licking Creek to Brunswick Family Campground (70 or 66 miles)
Day 6: Brunswick to DC (55 miles)

The first day is a short day to ease into the ride a bit, which works for us since we usually leave on a Friday and then I can work in the morning. The only places that have been closed with this schedule is the Schoolhouse Kitchen in Oldtown and Amanda's in Paw Paw. But Bill's in Little Orleans is open Monday so that has worked out. The YMCA isn't the nicest or quietest but has showers. You can leave Cumberland and head to the first campground on the C and O at Evitts Creek about 4 miles down the trail. Or the Fairfield Inn is right on the trail.

 
LMM from Lithia, Florida on 06/22/2021 09:21 PM
Looks great! Thanks Andy

 
rj on 07/08/2021 05:16 PM
We didn't camp, but met a copule of riders who RAVED about a campground outside of West Newton. I don't know the name, but recall it had some sort of generic "GAP campground" kind of name. They both loved the campground --apparently very nice amenities


 
Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 07/08/2021 08:35 PM
It is the GAP Trail Bikers Campground. It is a pay campground. There is also a free campground about 3.5 miles on the other side of West Newton in Cedar Creek Park. Although it has potable water and chemical toilets, it does not have all the other amenities of the pay camping area such as showers.

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