41 miles, Full day
You will have so many trail options on this section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath trail, that you will want to come back and try them all. For example, one of the unique options for this section of the trail is to ride or hike a loop using the C & O trail combined with the Western Maryland Rail Trail. This makes for a nice mix of a dirt trail with a paved trail and also gives you a nice loop ride with different scenery each way.
You can also ride the entire C & O Canal Towpath from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland (or the other way, of course). This is a 184 mile ride.
Or for a real challenge, you can tack on the Great Allegheny Passage trail which runs from Cumberland to Pittsburgh, PA. This could easily make a five day adventure that you'll never forget.
It is hard to ride this trail and not enjoy the history, scenery, and ambience of a true American classic. Take your time and read the historical signs, observe the wildlife, and take lots of pictures. This is the ride of a lifetime, so give yourself plenty of time to savor it.
- If you are biking this trail, you'll probably want to use a trail bike. Suspension is not necessary, but helpful. Trail tires are by far the best. If you utilize the Western Maryland Rail Trail, you could probably get by on a road bike, but it's not recommended.
- Although you can usually find stores available in Williamsport, Hancock, and Little Orleans, you'll still want to pack plenty of water and some snacks.
-You will find bike shops in Williamsport and Hancock, but pack along some basic bike repair equipment and supplies with you on the trail.
- If you want more of a social experience to meet other outdoorsy types, then the weekend is best for you. Weekday travel is best for a slightly more quiet and peaceful trail experience.