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Lisa from DC on 8/30/2020 10:59:53 AM:
We are planning a 3 night trip on the C&O over Labor Day weekend and wondering what the state of the campgrounds are like? It’s been 10+ years since we have done the trip, but on recent short rides, we’ve noticed that some of the campsites were overgrown and not maintained. Guessing this was due to CovID. Can anyone chime in on the general state of the sites from Cumberland to DC? Did we just happen upon a couple of less desirable sites, or is that generally the case?

John W. from Pittsburgh,PA on 8/30/2020 3:56:20 PM:
Campsites are fine. Any overgrowth was due to Covid shut downs or possibly downsized park staff and they may have not yet gotten to the site to mow. All the campsites on my last trip were as expected. Maybe others have seen something else but other than the pump handle issue back in June, they all looked normal to me. Port-a-johns as expected and campsites were maintained (mowed).

Rivnuts from Homestead, PA on 8/31/2020 11:10:40 PM:
I just finished riding and camping from Pgh to DC. The hiker/biker (H/B) camp sites along the C&O Towpath appeared "normal" and functional. Toilets were in place and reasonably clean. The water pump handles were virtually all in place. As you observed some of the sites had not been mowed in a while but were certainly ok to camp at...and I did so. Not all were in pristine condition but in the last 5 or 6 years I didn't see a noticeable difference in their overall condition. It simply varies by individual site.