C&O Canal National Historical Park "Something-for-Everyone" Hike -- Featuring the Gold Mine Area Trails and Great Falls! A Moderate 6-Miles
Let's explore some of the interesting remains of gold mining works and fortifications that date from Civil War to near the mid-20th century in the woods above the C&O Canal.
Note: We will stop at the Great Falls Visitors Center, where there are restroom facilities.
From Great Falls we head upstream via the easy River Trail one additional mile, returning via the C&O Canal Towpath. On the return, we will take the short "spur trail" out to the magnificent Great Falls overlook! Finally, we return to our starting point on the C&O Canal towpath.
Nearby City: Potomac, MD
Scenery: Mathers Gorge and Great Falls from the Maryland Side
Distance: 6 miles.
Elevation Gain: approx. 450ft
Difficulty: Gold Mine Area Trails = Moderate. C&O canal = easy.
Hike Type: Modified circuit
There is no park entrance fee.
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The goal of this hike is to maintain an average moving pace of ~ 2.5 mph. This speed is frequently used in popular hiking publications to represent the pace of an average hiker. We welcome you to please sign up for another hike if you know that this is not a comfortable pace for you. We strive to offer a variety of venues and pace options so we can always have something for everyone no matter their interest and ability.
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Baltimore Area Carpool Suggestion - Savage Station
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Directions to the Trailhead
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Meet & Greet and Sign-In — 9:45-9:55 a.m.
The Hike is at 10:00 a.m.
Carpool Time from Savage Station — 8:45 a.m.
Carpool Time from Annapolis — 8:30 a.m.
Please remember that Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group values fellowship and camaraderie while practicing good hike etiquette (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/hike-and-trail-etiquette.html) and Leave No Trace principles (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/leave-no-trace.html). Our excursions are led by qualified, generous, dedicated MAHG constituents who graciously volunteer (http://www.meetup.com/Mid-Atlantic-Hiking-Group/pages/9595722/How_To_Join_Our_Leadership_Team!/) their valuable time to serve on Mid-Atlantic Hiking Groups leadership team. Hikes also have a volunteer “sweeper” to help ensure that no hiker is left behind. MAHG volunteers and members are very supportive, encouraging, with a focus on safety first and foremost while enjoying the excellent camaraderie and benefiting from the many health benefits of hiking and unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life. Sharing what we know and learning from each other is an important part of MAHGs core values, as is our dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and our commitment to the organization's mission (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/). Mid-Atlantic Hiking Group is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html), and donations ARE tax deductible (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/donate.html)). Tax ID:[masked] (http://midatlantichikinggroup.org/mahg-charity.html).
🐶 Fido is NOT allowed on the trail out to Great Falls per Park policy.🐕
Let’s have fun out on the trails and see you there!
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