ODH Hike: Carderock to Great Falls on C&O Canal (easy)

Enjoy a lovely summer walk from Carderock to Great Falls and back along this scenic stretch of the Potomac River on the C&O Canal towpath, choosing your own pace and distance of up to about 9 mi (easy or 1.8 blisters). You determine the distance by your turnaround point. Bring water.

We'll meet rain or shine at 9:30 am near the Carderock pavilion to start the hike, and finish just in time—and just in place—for an optional, yet hearty picnic. (See next item on the calendar.)

This hike and picnic have become an annual tradition in celebration of the One Day Hike (ODH). They are free and open to all, and you may join us for either or both. ODH hikers and volunteers from past, present, and future years are invited, along with family and friends. Our special thanks go to all the volunteers that help make the ODH a success.


- 2012: www.goo.gl/Bkk3Hx
- 2013: www.goo.gl/Z4D2MY

Directions: From I-495 (Beltway), take Exit 41, Clara Barton Parkway west (Carderock), just north of the American Legion Bridge. After 0.6mi, take first exit (ramp on right). At top of ramp, turn left (Naval Surface Warfare Center is on the right), crossing over the parkway, and follow the short, curvy road (0.3mi) as it passes under the C&O Canal to its end. Turn left and park in the lot. The exact location is here, goo.gl/T1t2eZ. (For some reason the Google & GPS address is 9500 MacArthur Blvd, even though it is off Clara Barton.)

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  • Mike

    Wonderful hike! For all the photos see www.goo.gl/CCcoK2.

    July 2, 2014

  • Mitra

    Awesome day! Thanks.

    June 23, 2014

  • GARY K.


    June 16, 2014

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