Posts Tagged ‘C&O’

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Location – Lock 10

Mile Mark – 8.8

Historical Comment – One of the few locks to use the Drop Gate Lock system.  See the picture below for details.

Ride to the Site – Very easy.  This point on the canal is near Washington D.C.  Although traffic might be an issue during the “rush hour” phases of the work day.

Amenities – There is a picnic area but no rest rooms.

Road Conditions (from main road) – This lock is directly off the main road. 

Railway Situation – no railroad tracks or crossing. 

Parking Lot Condition – All paved with about 10 parking spots.

 Main Attraction – The Drop Gate Lock system.

Earlier this year I stopped at the Catoctin Aqueduct.   For background on what I am doing with the C&O please look at this post.

LocationCatoctin Aqueduct

Mile Marker – 51

Historical Comments –One of eleven stone aqueducts (allowing the canal to pass over Catoctin Creek) it was recently rebuilt. From 1978, when it was destroyed in a flood, until October 2011 the span across the creek was via a steel footbridge.

You can stay overnight in the Lock house, see here for detail.

Ride to Site – This stop on the C&O is between Point of Rock and Brunswick, MD.  You will use State Route 464 and turn onto Lander rode to get to the canal.  When approaching the turn off of 464 from the east pay close attention, the sign gives you the appearance that you take the next left.  It is actually the second left!

Amenities – parking, lodging

Road Conditions (from main road) – Paved to parking area

Railway Situation – Ground level

Parking Lot Conditions – Large, loose gravel and, use a kickstand puck.

Main Attraction – Aqueduct is about a mile from the parking area. Lock house number 28

My Thoughts – This is a good area to see a lock house and how the canal flowed along the river.  The restored aqueduct is a bit of a hike if you are wearing riding gear.

Map

From Google Map

photo by warren massey

C&O Canal Point of Rock MD

Location – Point of Rocks

Mile Marker – 48

Historical CommentsPoint of Rocks is one of the sites where the B&O Railroad and the C&O Canal fought over the right away as the pass between the river and the cliffs were very narrow.  They eventually reached a compromise that also saw a wall erected between the rail line and the canal towpaths so that the mules pulling the barges would not be frightened.

During the Civil War, the town, canal and railroad made tempting targets for the confederates operating in Virginia.  The rail station, still in use, was built in 1876. Find out more about this stop at the C&O Canal Trust website.

Ride to Site – This stop on the canal is located just off of and even under US Route 15.  The trains at this location run often so be alert for the oncoming locomotives.

Amenities – picnic tables, boat ramp, restrooms, parking.  Nearby gas and food.

Road Conditions (from main road) – Paved but with pot holes.

Railway Situation – Ground level

Parking Lot Conditions – Paved.

Main Attraction – Boat ramp, Route 15 bridge for pictures, rail station for pictures, Lock House 28 is available for lodging on the canal but you would have to park the motorcycles about a mile away.

My Thoughts – Great site for pictures and a nice stop when riding in the area.

Map Picture by Warren massey

 

C&O Canal: Nolands Ferry

C&O Canal: Nolands Ferry

My most recent stop on the C&O Canal is Nolands Ferry.  For background on what I am doing with the C&O please look at this post.

Location – Nolands Ferry

Mile Marker – 44.6

Historical Comments -The reported location Martha Washington crossed the Potomac River on the way to visit George Washington at Valley Forge.

Nolands Ferry is also a Paleo-Indian period archeological site listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  More information on the archeological site can be found here.

Ride to Site – Getting to Nolands Ferry requires you ride through abundant farm land.  Be on the lookout for slow moving farm equipment.  Pay attention as well for deer and other wildlife crossing the road.

Amenities – picnic tables, boat ramp, restrooms

Road Conditions (from main road) – First half paved, second half hard packed gravel/cinder

Railway Situation – Underpass

Parking Lot Conditions – Hard packed gravel and cinder, use a kickstand puck.

Main Attraction – Boat ramp

My Thoughts –This site is primarily a boat access point for the Potomac River and a rest stop for those using the C&O trail.  It is interesting in that the road to the amenities passes through what, I think, is the remains of the canal and lock.

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The area around Nolands Ferry

The area around Nolands Ferry

 

DSCN0124Since the C&O Canal is nearby and there does not appear to be any motorcycle ride discussions or comments about the sites I decide to do just that, discuss the C&O Canal from a rider’s point of view.

You will have to bear with me on this as I am not going to hit all the sites immediately but as I get around to them.  I might have them all by the end of the year, next year!   😉

I have already stopped at a couple and I will go back and redo them with the intent of what a rider should expect when going to each site.

Some things you should know about the canal as a whole:

  • At many of the stops is at least one railroad track to cross to reach the canal site.  The railroad is one reason the C&O Canal became obsolete.
  • The C&O Canal is a National Park.  I am going to get a lot of the information from their website and resources.  The park website will display alerts when there are issues with one or some of the park sites.
  • You cannot get to all the canal sites unless you hike or ride a bike.  Vehicle traffic is limited to only some parts of the park and is mainly acts as trailheads or boat ramps.
  • Conditions at the sites that allow vehicles will vary extremely due to weather conditions.
  • I am sure there will be more but that is all I have for now!

The layout I intend to use to describe each site is as follows:

  •    Location – Which stop on the canal path
  •    Mile Marker – as stated by the National Parks Service
  •    Historical Comments:  What was this site about?
  •    Ride to Site – What the ride is like in the immediate area of the stop.
  •    Amenities – Restroom, picnic area, etc.
  •    Road Conditions (from main road) – What to expect when you turn off the main highway
  •    Railway Situation – ground level, overpass, underpass
  •    Parking Lot Condition – paved, gravel, etc
  •    Main Attraction –
  •    My Thoughts –
  •    Map – just a clip of the area around the stop
  •    Pictures – my photos of the site.

If you have any suggestions on adding/changing the above list let me know.

C&O Canal National Park

Monocacy Aqueduct C&O Canal

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