Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Washington Overview

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was completed by 1850, providing a crucial water route for coal to be transported from the mountains to the DC area. After ceasing operation in 1924, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the construction of a national park in 1961 to protect its remains.

Today, the canal and towpath run the full length of 184.5 miles, serving as a bicycle trail. Hiking is also a popular activity along the canal, with dedicated hiking/biking stations catering to their requirements. Other activities popular along the canal include boating, fishing, rock climbing and bird watching.

Length: 184.5 miles (296.9kms)
Sights to see along the creek: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park
States it flows through: District of Columbia, Maryland
Activities and services offered along the river: Biking, running, hiking, boating, fishing, kayaking and rock climbing

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