C & O Canal in Williamsport Maryland                      

 

 

 

 

                      
           Cushwa's Coal and Brick warehouse along the Cushwa's Basin in Williamsport  
                      

 

The canal towpath is popular with hikers, bikers and joggers. Fishing is good in the re-watered portions of the canal and also the nearby Potomac river.

 

Plans are underway for "Canal Boat" rides on the re-watered portion of the canal.

 

The C & O Canal is a National Park under the control of the Federal Park Service. The Cushwa Basin, Trolley Barn, Lock 44, Lock House, and Aqueduct located in Williamsport in close proximity to each other allow visitors to witness first hand one of the most famous channels of commerce in the United States. Visitors can visit all of these sites by taking an enjoyable walk on the towpath along the C & O Canal which looks much like it did in the 19th century during its heyday. The Cushwa Basin is also a great point of entry for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing.

 

 

 

 
 

Pack a picnic and hike through history.
 

 

 

 

The National Park's Visitor Center is located in the old Cushwa Warehouse and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 4:30PM (301-582-0813).

 

 
C&O Canal Museum
C&O Canal Museum
 

Take a guided hike with a park ranger.

 

 

Williamsport is the only place on the canal where examples of major canal structures can be viewed within a half-mile stretch. Lock 44, a lockhouse, a re-watered section of the canal, the Cushwa turning basin and the Conococheague Aqueduct are all located in this part of the park. One of the only Bollman Iron Truss Bridges still in existence today crosses the canal at Williamsport.

 
       


Railroad Lift Bridge

 

 


Conococheague Aqueduct

 

 
Conococheague Creek
The Conococheague Creek going into the Potomac River
 

One of the only Bollman Iron Truss Bridges still in existence today crosses the canal at Williamsport.
 

 

Riverbottom Park

This park which is adjacent to the C & O Canal National Park is owned and maintained by the Town and is a great place to camp, stop, or picnic along the banks of the Potomac River. A boat ramp allows boaters access to the River. This park provides its visitors with a great opportunity to relax and take in the natural beauty of point where the Conococheague Creek and the Potomac River come together.

 

Fun at the "Riverbottom"
Always fun at the "Riverbottom"

 

 

 

Riverbottom Park
Riverbottom Park field and Boat Ramp

 

 

 

Duck Island
 

Powerplant Dam
 

 


          

 

 


 

   

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