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Leesburg VA on the C&O Canal Trail

Mile marker 42.5
Elevation: 206

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Leesburg Colonial Inn
19 S King St, Leesburg
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Forum Discussions about Leesburg

Dan from Fort Worth, Texas on 10/30/2019 07:06 AM:
Is Whites Ferry the only way to get to Leesburg from the Towpath? Do I have to backtrack to the Ferry to continue East?

Willy from Alexandria VA on 10/30/2019 09:16 AM:
Coming from the west, Whites ferry is the closest to Leesburg.

I wouldn't recommend crossing at Point of Rocks and taking route 15 into Leesburg. No shoulder and crazy traffic.

Now once in Leesburg, you don't have to backtrack to Whites Ferry. The Washington and Old Dominion Trail runs through downtown Leesburg. You can take the WOD all the way to Arlington VA. Then use the four mile run trail from Arlington to National Airport, then the Mt Vernon Trail to DC.

You miss all the canal scenery for the last 35 miles to DC by taking the WOD instead of the C&O. There are more opportunities for food and beverages on the WOD though.

Richard from DC on 10/30/2019 11:00 AM:
I agree with Willy, but I'd add that it isn't very far from White's Ferry to Leesburg, or at least downtown Leesburg. It's maybe three miles. The canal from White's Ferry to Georgetown is a lot more scenic than the W&&OD. And, it seems to me that if your idea is to bike the C&O Canal, you should bike the C&O Canal. There is nothing particularly historic about the W&OD.

Rivnuts from Homestead,PA on 10/31/2019 06:37 PM:
While it is only 3 miles from the ferry to Leesburg, much of it is on Highway 15. As noted in various previous threads, Highway 15 is a busy road with certain sections with little or no shoulder. If you are taking a shuttle from the ferry to Leesburg then that is irrelevant.

bobthe builder from Cleveland on 10/31/2019 08:58 PM:
Leesburg Colonial Inn shuttled us. Nice folks

Dan on 11/27/2019 08:09 PM:
Thanks all. Looking forward to the trip in the spring