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Celebrate Trails Day

Every year, on the fourth Saturday of April, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy promotes a celebration of the nation’s trails. This year, the C&O Canal Trust is partnering with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to offer a guided walk focusing on the natural resources of the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) on April 27, 2024. Topics will include Invasive Plant Management; Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants; and native plants that exist in the Park.

Join the Trust for a guided walk on the towpath to explore some of the Park’s natural and unique flora and fauna and celebrate this incredible resource with us! Led by C&O Canal Trust President & CEO, the walk will start at Rileys Lock and travel upriver to Violettes Lock and back. It will include an opportunity for a Q&A about the Park’s program to support RTE and native plants.

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024, 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Rileys Lock (Lock 24)
Map link
We will meet in the parking lot, next to Rileys Lockhouse.

Parking: There is a large parking lot at Rileys Lock.
Restrooms: Port-a-Pot toilets in parking lot
Accessibility: This program involves standing and the ability to walk approximately 1.4 miles on flat ground.

Common Shootingstar by Charissa Hipp

White Trout Lily by Charissa Hipp

We will begin on the towpath by Rileys Lockhouse and the Seneca Creek Aqueduct where President & CEO, Lauren Riviello will provide brief remarks on the C&O Canal NHP’s various plant preservation initiatives – including Invasive Plant Management; Rare, Threatened, and Endangered (RTE) Plants; and promoting native plant species. Then, we’ll walk on the towpath to Violettes Lock. Participants will have the opportunity to stop along the way to identify plants that we see. The program will conclude by walking back to Rileys Lock.

Please bring:
Weather-appropriate layers, including footwear
Trust Media Release

In the event of a schedule change or cancellation due to inclement weather or conditions, we will contact you via email. 

Pre-registration is required, though the event is free. Once you have registered, you will receive a Trust Media Release. You may fill this out and bring it with you to the event or fill out a blank form onsite. **Please note: capacity is limited for this event**

Register here!

Questions? Please direct any inquiries to [email protected]. To learn more about Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, visit their website here.

Top Image by Dominic Napoli