The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal more popularly known as the C & O Canal is one of the most popular Baltimore Local Attractions because of its historic value. This national park has a rich history dating as far back as the 18th century. The canal starts a Georgetown and ends in Cumberland for a total stretch of 184.5 miles. The towpath along the canal makes the perfect spot for leisurely activities as the possibilities are endless. The national park service also provides additional entertainment in the form of interpretative ranger programs all year round except on winter. It also offers canal boat rides.
Things to Do Along the C & O Canal
If you want to hike just for the experience and the scenery then the C & O national park is the best place to do it because the terrain is so accessible and easy. Even those without any experience in hiking will think it is a piece of cake. The trails are also very straightforward you can even do without a trail guide. If you want to go hike for the challenge then you should take another route via the Billy Goat Trail. Only advanced level hikers are advised to traverse this route.
If you are an avid biker you may want to traverse the entire 184.5 mile stretch via your bicycle. The initial 20 miles is very easy as the entire path is paved and optimized for biking. The rest of a way offers various challenges which you will surely have fun conquering. You can choose to bring your own bicycle or rest one at the Fletchers Boat House located at mile 3.1 of the Capital Crescent Trail.
A major part of the population living near the towpath makes a living out of the sea. Fishing is therefore one of the most popular activities here. To keep the area protected however, people between the ages of 16 and 65 are required to have a fishing license.
Boating and Kayaking
Marvel at the beauty of nature from a canoe or kayak. The most popular sailing spot is the Violettes Lock at mile 22. You can get your boating equipment from Fletchers Boat House or Swains Lock. Keep in mind that motorized boats are prohibited from the entire towpath. This is one of the ways the people of the city protect Baltimore Local Attractions from pollution.
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