Walking, running, and biking are three popular activities along the C&O Canal towpath, shown here near Carderock.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal served as a shipping route along the Potomac River from Cumberland, Maryland to Washington D.C., fulfilling a dream of George Washington to utilize America’s waterways to connect resources from the west to markets in the east.
However, with the construction of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, canal boats were soon outrun by train cars. Due to competition with the railroads and destructive flooding, the canal closed to boat traffic in the 1920s.
Then, in ...