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C&O Canal Trail Trip Reports

Share the knowledge and experiences of others who have already traveled the C&O and/or GAP, whether by bike, foot, or boat. Trips are listed in reverse chronological order.

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Author: Sri Narayanan
When: Fall 2016
Where: Washington to Pittsburgh
Nice blog with lots of short videos

When: Summer 2016
Where: Harpers Ferry to Washington

Author: Mr Purple Paul
When: August 2015
Where: GAP: Cumberland to Pittsburgh

Author: Bruce and Susan
When: 2015
Where: Pittsburgh to DC

Author: Chuck and Tom
When: July 2011
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Author: David Fritsch
When: July 2-11, 2009
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington
Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C. via Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal, over 10 days

Author: Charlie
When: June 2008
Where: McKeesport to DC

Author: Franklin Toker
When: May 2008
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC

Author: MC, DA, & EQ
When: 2006
Where: Pittsburgh to Washington DC
A must-read for anyone planning this trip, loaded with links, photos, and planning tips

Author: Tim Farmer
When: 2005
Where: Cumberland to Washington DC
This article is short on details. But it proves the point that one can kayak from Cumberland to DC, using a combination of the canal and the Potomac River.

Author: MC, DA, and EQ
When: May 2004
Where: McKeesport PA to Washington DC
This trip used the ATA trail, Great Allegheny Passage, and C&O Canal. The report includes numerous links and planning tips.

Author: Charles Danforth
When: August 2002
Where: Paw Paw to Hancock
Canoeing 41 miles of remote and rugged beauty on the Potomac River.

Author: Gary Mumma
When: September 1997
Where: Cumberland to chain Bridge (mile 184.5 to 4.2)
Self-contained and camping along the way. This report is still timely, decades later.