Where to Meet: We will meet at the Georgetown C & O Canal Visitors Center at 10 AM, hike to Lock 6 in MD and back to GT which is a 10.8 mile round trip circuit. Afterwards we will eat lunch in Cafe La Ruche near the GT Visitor's Center. They have a great outdoor seating area. See http://www.cafelaruche.com for details. Cafe Le Ruche is known for sumptuous deserts made on location with decent wine selection and basic French food. It is the oldest operating French Bistro in GT.
Trail Notes: This leg of trail is flat, compacted dirt and gravel. In days past the towpath was traveled by mules that worked about six hours per day pulling barges. Return trip may be via the Capital Crescent Trail depending on group preference and weather. Hikers may turn back at Fletchers Cove Boat House for a 6.5 mile round trip hike if necessary. Canoes and Kayaks are available at Fletchers Cove if hikers want to spend part of day boating. Hikers may also hang out in Fletchers Cove park for hike to return from Lock 6, if rest is needed.
Directions: From Northern Virginia: Head north across Francis Scott Key Bridge into Georgetown. At the end of the bridge, turn right (east) onto M street. Follow M street to 30th street and turn right (south). The visitor center is halfway down the block on the right. Parking is available in parking garage just south of the canal on 30th street. Buses may park on K Street.
By Metro: There are no metro stops in Georgetown. Georgetown shuttle buses are available from Foggy Bottom, Roslynn, and Du Pont Circle.
For Pedestrians, the closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom. From Foggy Bottom metro stop, make u-turn on pedestrian walkway to 24th street and turn right. Take 24th street to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn left. Take Pennsylvania Avenue to 30th Street and turn left. Park is half way down the block on the right. Allow 10-15 minutes for walking. (Approximately 10 blocks).
From Maryland and Beltway: Take Route 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) south approximately 6 miles to K Street and Potomac River. Wisconsin Avenue will end at K Street. Turn left onto K Street and follow to Thomas Jefferson Avenue. Turn left onto Thomas Jefferson and the park is half way up the block on the right. Parking is available in parking garages on K Street and 30th street.
Parking: If one is willing to walk 3 to 6 blocks in DC which is not far then parking is always available in the residential section of upper Georgetown. Parking restrictions on Sunday are very few and far between in DC. Paid parking lots and parking garages are scattered throughout GT.
For map view of trail go here. http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/upload/CHOHdetailmap.pdf
What to Bring: Bottle of water, hiking shoes and other desired gear depending on personal needs. Take plenty of pictures.
Disclaimer: As usual this is a kid-free zone. All participants assume total risk for their personal and property safety. Robert's textable cell number is[masked]-8390.