Moonlight Hike: C&O Canal to Great Falls, MD

Hike in the moonlight along the C&O Canal towpath to Great Falls, Maryland

Time: Hike starts promtly at 8:30 p.m. and goes to approximately 10:30 p.m. (2 hours). It’s best to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the start of the hike (around 8:15 – 8:20 p.m).

Meeting Place: Parking lot across from Old Angler's Inn, 10801 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD. 

Leaders:  Andy Bily (703/836--0065) and Debbie Z. (703/868--3182)

Reservations: Unlike CHC's Saturday bus hikes, signing up for Moonlight Hikes is not required.  However, if you do sign up, you can be notified of possible changes in plan.  Usually, light rain alone will not cancel the hike--for safety reasons, severe weather or a thunderstorm will.

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Directions:

a. From the Beltway (I-495), take exit # 41, which is immediately north of the American Legion Bridge. When taking exit # 41, take it west towards Carderock / Great Falls, Maryland.

b. This puts you on the Clara Barton Parkway, heading west. Stay on the Clara Barton Parkway for 1.7 miles until you come to a flashing stoplight.

c. Make a left turn at the flashing stoplight onto MacArthur Blvd. Go for 1 mile until you see the Old Anglers Inn on your right side. Park in the parking lots across the street from the Old Anglers Inn.

What to bring:

a. A flashlight

b. A small bottle of water

c. Insect repellent

d. Comfortable walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)

Cost / Donation: There is no charge for this hike, in accordance with CHC’s permit from the National Park Service.

Difficulty / Terrain: This hike is mostly over flat terrain along the C&O Canal towpath and the Berma Road. This hike is considered to be an easy hike.

Ages: This hike is open to all ages, so long as they can comfortably walk 4 miles. Parents need to be mindful of small children during the hike for their safety.

Dogs: Dogs are welcome, so long as they are kept on a leash at all times, are friendly around people and other dogs, and are not taken out on the walkway to Olmstead Island.

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  • Ali

    Excellent, so much fun.thank you.

    May 10

  • Barb

    Thank you to the leaders. Great weather, beautiful sites and a perfect way to spend Friday night.

    May 10

  • Fana L.

    good ~

    May 9

  • Andy B

    Thanks for coming out everyone. Hope to see you on another club hike soon!

    1 · May 9

  • R Singh (.

    I can pickup upto 4 people from Shady Grove station

    May 4

    • Dave G.

      Judy, if you need a ride, let me know.

      May 9

    • R Singh (.

      I am here at station. Wearing red t shirt. Silver car parked in short term parking

      May 9

  • Sophia N.

    If it is raining, will the hike be cancelled?

    May 9

    • Andy B

      If there is a little sprinkling of rain, the hike will go on. If there are issues with lightening or a a deluge of heavy rain, the hike will be cancelled.

      May 9

  • Dave G.

    I live near Wheaton Metro and can pass by Grovesner Metro, if people are still looking for rides

    May 9

    • Ratul

      Thanks Dave, i will be there, my no is[masked]

      May 9

    • Dave G.

      Cool, I'm in a silver Civic. #[masked]

      1 · May 9

  • Ratul

    Anyone Carpooling from any of the DMV Metro stops and having an extra space ? Please let me know.

    May 9

  • R Singh (.

    Wanted to get final head-count for those who are meeting me at Shady Grove Station (East Side) at 7:45 PM. So far I have Christine and Linda. Initially Asheesh was coming, however now he will not be. Did I miss anyone. Please be plan on being at the station before 7:45. I can be reached via[masked]

    May 9

    • Ratul

      Hi Mr.Singh if you still have space in your car, i would like to carpool with you.

      May 9

    • R Singh (.

      sorry, i think all spaces in my car are accounted for.

      May 9

  • Judy

    Could someone give me a ride from a red line station? Ripy, do you still have room for another person? Or is anyone leaving from near the Van Ness or Tenleytown metro area (which would be ideal)?

    May 8

    • David R

      Looks like I could use a ride also, assumng there's room. There's an outside chance I might lure a friend to go, otherwise, I could use a ride, assuming there's room.

      May 9

    • David R

      ps - Many thanks - David

      May 9

  • woodsy

    Enjoy !

    May 8

  • woodsy

    I have to work !

    May 8

  • Ann S.

    I am going to miss this one, so I hope to make it in June
    Ann

    May 8

  • Megan

    Unfortunately I have to cancel, I have company coming to visit Friday evening. Hopefully the next one. Have fun!

    May 6

  • Linda G.

    Hi Ripy,

    I'll see you at the Shady Grove Metro at 7:45PM on the East Side! Thank you so much!

    1 · May 5

  • Mike

    I have room for one person Navy Yard area.

    May 4

  • Linda G.

    Ditto...Can I meet anyone in DC to get a ride to the hike?

    May 3

    • Asheesh B.

      I would actually appreciate that a lot.

      May 4

  • christine

    hiya - would anyone be happy to give me a ride from somewhere in the DC metro area where I could get to by public transport or bike? would love to join! Please let me know. Cel[masked] - Thx, C

    May 3

  • Linda G.

    Anyone carpooling from Old Town, Alexandria?

    May 2

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