13 Canal Street, Room 304, Cumberland Maryland 21502
One of the longest and least altered canals remaining, the C&O Canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including historic locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal's role as a transportation system during the Canal Era. The canal's towpath still provides a nearly level, continuous trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley for hikers and bikers.
Several year-round visitor centers feature exhibits interpreting canal and local history, as well as short films and ranger-led weekend programs. Replica canal boat rides are offered and an excursion steam train operates nearby. Mule-drawn barge trips travel three miles of the canal with interpreters in period dress. A series of campsites have been installed along the towpath for hiker-biker 'overnights.'
Other Maryland State Parks nearby:
(Grantsville) Casselman River Bridge State Park
(Cumberland) Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Park
(Lonaconing) Dan's Mountain State Park
(Swanton) Deep Creek Lake State Park
(Oakland) Herrington Manor State Park
12/15 Coming to The Cumberland area
National Cherry Blossom Festival Washington DC March20-April14 The nation’s greatest springtime celebration unites for four spectacular weekends including the Cherry Blossom Parade.
The Big Tap-In Real Craft Beer Festival Boardman OH April20 The biggest craft beer fest between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival West Friendship MD May4-5 A fun-filled weekend of live animals, crafts and supplies, entertainment and more.
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival Bethesda MD May11-12 Delight in fine art created by 130 of nation's best artists, live entertainment and Bethesda restaurants.
West Virginia Strawberry Festival Buckhannon WV May15-19 The Festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone.
Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Harrisonburg VA June9-16 The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival is a week-long summer music festival devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people.