COGAP Itinerary – Day 1 – Georgetown, DC to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

C&O Canal Boat

We begin the ride in Georgetown, DC with a photo opportunity to take pictures at mile marker 0. As we ride along the Potomac River we will see rowing shells and other boaters. On the canal side we will pass a number of locks and should see a working replica of a canal boat. This will be the busiest section of the towpath with pedestrian traffic. A bell on your bike is highly recommended.

By mid-day we should reach White’s Ferry. If time permits and you are interested, you can take the short ferry ride across the Potomac River and back for a small fee. There is also a small country store with inside and outside seating that sells snacks and burgers.

Toward the end of the day we will be passing the Bruswick Rail Station in Maryland. If time permits, there is an old church in town that has been converted into a coffee shop called Beans in the Belfry. It is a unique experience. At this point we will start passing campsite along the towpath about 5 miles apart. At the end of the day at about the 61 mile marker with Harpers Ferry, West Virginia on the other side of the Potomac River.

C&O Canal Campsite

Ken Whittaker