Towpath Resurfacing


Folks walking and biking along the 71+ miles of towpath between Violettes Lock and Big Slackwater, as well as the Western Maryland Rail Trail Towpath Connector, are enjoying a whole new experience – gone are the rocks, roots, and ruts, gone the erosion and washouts, gone the deep muddy wallows. Instead, a smooth, firm resurfaced towpath carries visitors safely and trouble-free along the C&O Canal. One delighted user described the new surface as “a revelation.”

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2017 marked the first year of the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s multi-year project to comprehensively resurface the 80 miles identified as in most need of rehabilitation. Thanks to the funding support of private donors to the C&O Canal Trust, along with funds from the National Park Service and the State of Maryland, resurfacing crews continue their work. Most recently, towpath resurfacing was completed for the Western Maryland Rail Trail Towpath Connector from milepost 137.8 to 140.7. You can help keep the momentum going by making a donation to our Towpath Resurfacing Campaign.

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You can also support the Trust’s advocacy campaign on behalf of the Park’s application for funding from the state of Maryland’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). To date, the Trust has helped the Park secure over $6 million in TAP funding for towpath resurfacing.

For more information about the Towpath Resurfacing project, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.


Top image by Emily Elisabeth

Help us eliminate muddy ruts and pot holes from the C&O Canal towpath, and create a safer and more accessible path.