How You Can Support Towpath Resurfacing


Folks walking and biking along the 50 miles of towpath between Violettes Lock and Lock 38 (Shepherdstown Bridge) 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.”

2019 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. With 50 miles completed so far, there are still 30 miles to go. 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 $4.4 million in TAP funding for towpath resurfacing.

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

Your donation will help us eliminate muddy ruts and pot holes from the C&O Canal towpath.

Two photos (seen above) were taken at Edwards Ferry after resurfacing was completed in January 2021.