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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 promptly 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:  John Manion 703/[masked]

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.


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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  • Joli

    Finally - I can make it to a moonlight hike! I can take a couple of people. I live near Pentagon & Crystal City metros.

    1 · July 9, 2014

    • mona

      Joli do you have a spot for 1 or 2 more people ?

      July 11, 2014

    • Bill

      Thank you again for the ride, Joli. Good hiking with you.

      July 12, 2014

  • Julia

    I don't have a car and may need a ride to hike start. Any carpooling available?

    July 4, 2014

    • mona

      Hey robin ! Do you have one more spot ? I need a ride too. I can come to Takoma metro

      July 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm so sorry I missed your messages. It was a lovely evening. I hope you found a waay there. Email me next time and hopefully I can help.

      July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, unfortunately the moon was in hiding.

    July 12, 2014

  • Kelsey

    Hi! Looking for some fun people to hike with!

    July 11, 2014

  • Ronnie L

    Space in my car from Grosvenor metro. Leaving at 7:45 if you can make it. Sorry for the late notice.

    July 11, 2014

  • Julia

    Hey Robin. I have a ride now. But thank you so much for offering.

    July 11, 2014

  • Julia

    Hey Robin,

    July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in Takoma Park. If anyone needs a ride from this direction, I'll be happy to assist.

    July 11, 2014

  • Ed

    I'm giving a tour of Lafayette Sq at 6 pm, but I hope to make it out there afterwards. Weather should be great.

    July 11, 2014

  • Asheesh B.

    Anyone who lives close to the metro and can give a ride to the starting point? Would really appreciate it!

    July 9, 2014

  • Julia

    Hey Gang,

    July 4, 2014

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