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green Patowmack Canal Trail

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1.4 mile 2.2 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 1' 0 m
Descent: -16' -5 m
High: 151' 46 m
Low: 137' 42 m

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Max Grade: 1% (1°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A wide, smooth trail that passes all three falls overlooks and follows an old canal bed.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail follows the remains of the historic Patowmack Canal, one of the first canals ever to be built in the United States. To run the entire trail, park in the upper parking lot and follow the trail towards the visitor center. This trail passes all three overlooks and continues through the picnic area before entering the woods again.

The canal locks and some of the Matildaville ruins can be viewed from this trail. Runners can pick up a brochure for the self-guided tour of the Canal at the visitor center. Sections of this trail can be muddy after it rains, especially in the Holding Basin. Help protect this piece of American history by not climbing on the ruins.

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Feb 24, 2018
Todd Weeks

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