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C&O Canal Bike Journey – Towpath to Town

By Staff | Mar 28, 2014

Looking to kick off the summer with an exciting and unique outdoor adventure? One that is geared towards families and those interested in exploring natural beauty while experiencing local history, and small town charm? A journey for adventurers of all ages, a 4 day, 3 night fun filled bicycle trip, “C&O Canal Journey- Towpath to Town!” on June 15-19 may be just the adventure sought to create an amazingly memorable experience with your family and friends.

The Canal Towns Partnership in cooperation with Wilderness Voyageurs, a world class outdoors adventure outfitter from Ohiopyle, Pa., is hosting the trip. The Canal Towns Partnership is a collaboration of eight communities along the C & O Canal working together to ensure a world-class experience for visitors.

The journey begins at the towpath in historic Hancock, Md. Departing Hancock, arrive in the town of Williamsport that afternoon and be welcomed at the historic Cushwa Basin with a bag of goodies! During your stay in Williamsport, enjoy tours and interpretations of the town’s civil war history and life on the canal in its heyday as a transportation corridor. That evening, experience the small town charm of a hearty old-fashioned barbeque dinner, ice cream social, swimming, and live bluegrass music. Camp overnight at the lovely Springfield Barn Camp and be sure to visit the museum housed in the barn’s lower level.

Day 2 of the adventure leave Williamsport and ride to West Virginia’s oldest town, Shepherdstown. Boutique shops, gourmet restaurants, and some of the friendliest locals abound! That evening, lodging is hosted by Shepherd University, where you can reminisce about your college days! Historic Shepherdstown will open the museum from 2-6 p.m. and offer historical tours throughout the town. Donations are requested for the museum but tours are free. An additional event is offered for an extra fee: a kayak trip up the Potomac River from Shepherdstown and a float back down with a guide who will interpret the history of the area and the flora and fauna.

The morning of Day 3 ride to the small town of Harpers Ferry, nationally recognized for its Civil War history, located at the convergence of the stunning Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. A full day of activities is planned. Riders can choose either a 2-3 hour zip line canopy tour thrill ride or a white water rafting trip on the scenic Shenandoah River. A side trip for an unguided bike tour of Antietam National Battlefield may be taken on the way to Harper’s Ferry.

In addition, enjoy a self-guided hour’s hike to Maryland Heights a promontory overlooking the historic town of Harpers Ferry and its spectacular natural surroundings. Venture into the historic past while exploring lower town Harpers Ferry individually. National Park Service museums and displays tell the story of the Armory built at the direction of George Washington, the role the John Brown Raid played in American history, and Harpers Ferry during the Civil War. Shops and restaurants will be open for riders to enjoy. Local street musicians will entertain visitors. An evening “Ghost Tour of Harpers Ferry” walking tour of approximately 1 hours in Lower Town includes stories of unexplained or ghostly phenomena which have occurred here in the past or are still occurring as well as legends and historical events which may account for such unexplained ghostly happenings and encounters.

Day 4 will find participants just a short distance down the towpath at Brunswick, Md., well known for its historic railroading past. Just off the towpath is the Brunswick Heritage Museum. Upstairs on the third floor is a 1700 square foot HO Scale model railroad that depicts the B&O Metropolitan Subdivision beginning at the west end of Brunswick’s rail yard and running eastward through Montgomery County communities all the way to Union Station in Washington D.C. Riders receive a discount on admission tickets and a free water bottle. Depart Brunswick at your leisure for Point of Rocks where the trip concludes.

Visit www.wilderness-voyageurs.com for more information about C&O Canal Bike Journey- Towpath to Town!” or click on this link to go directly to journey information. http://bit.ly/canaltrip2014