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Vaughn Greene from Chapel Hill on 6/9/2019 4:09:37 PM:
I am considering riding from Point o Rocks to Cumberland over three days. I rode from DC to Point of Rocks in October and it was complete mud. I was constantly having to make sure I didn't slip in it. According to the 'almanacs' June is the wettest month. Should I assume the same amount of mud? Also is the GAP a more 'finished road surface or does it have a similar mud/dirt condition? Thanks!

Henry fonvielle from Alexandria, va on 6/9/2019 4:20:46 PM:
The gap trail is incredible. It is ‘crush and run’ gravel which is very smooth. We just finished riding from Cumberland to Pittsburg. Very different surface than the dirt of the tow path. I highly recommend it.

Rivnuts from Homestead. PA on 6/9/2019 7:41:07 PM:
I Believe that the C&O from DC to Point of Rocks is the best part of the C&O with any recent wet weather. In my opinion the trail gets muddier the further north you travel toward Cumberland. Given the tree cover over the trail, there are sections that seem to never dry out even in late summer and fall. Of course you can avoid a portion of the Towpath itself by taking the paved WMRT on either side of Hancock. That said I believe the miles from Spring Gap to Cumberland are the last to dry out if at all.