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Cycling on the C&O: A Bicycle Tour of the Canal's Connection to Northern Virginia during the Civil War

  • Point of Rocks Railroad Station Parking Lot 4000 Clay Street Point of Rocks, MD, 21777 United States (map)

Join MHAA staff for a unique history tour done from the saddle of a bicycle along the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The C&O Canal served as an important supply route for the United States during the Civil War and thus continually came under attack from the Confederate army. But the canal also greatly influenced the lives of northern Virginians before, during, and after the Civil War.

The bike ride will begin at 9:00 am at the Points of Rocks Railroad Station Lot, 4000 Clay Street, Point of Rocks, MD 21777. Riders will travel from Point of Rocks upriver to Brunswick and back, a ride of approximately 14 miles. The ride will be on the flat towpath but there is often uneven terrain. Mountain bikes are highly suggested. MHAA will not be supplying bikes; bringing your own will be required.

All registrants for the tour will be entered into a raffle for a one night stay at a restored historic lockhouse on the C&O Canal, the details of which will be worked out between the raffle winner and the C&O Canal Trust. In order to be entered into the raffle, registrants must sign up for the tour before the close of day, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. 

Tickets can be purchased below or by calling (540) 687-5188, and are $20 per bike, or two bikes for $35. Space is limited. Registration for this program gets you:

  • a guided tour of historic sites along the C&O Canal between Point of Rocks and Brunswick
  • a SAG vehicle in case of emergencies but also carrying and supplying snacks and drinks during the ride
  • entrance into a raffle to stay one night in a historic canal lockhouse, the details of which will be worked out between the winner and the C&O Canal Trust
Cycling on the C&O
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