October 14th-16th, 2022
Registration Closes September 21st
Pricing: $1000 per person
Join us for a 3-day gravel bike tour along the scenic shores of the Potomac River. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal traverses over 180 miles from historic Cumberland, MD to the heart of Georgetown in Washington D.C. For over 100 years, the canal was a transportation hub for the surrounding communities. Today it serves as a recreational reminder of local history and provides habitat for the resident wildlife. The tour will begin in historic Cumberland, Maryland.
This is an easy-medium difficulty tour. Expect easy terrain on crushed limestone and moderate cycling days. This tour is specifically designed to be well supported for beginners and is appropriate for anyone who is comfortable on a bike. We will help you every step of the way to make sure you have the adventure of a lifetime. Keep in mind that the campsites are basic. Portable toilet facilities and water are available, but we will be staying right on the canal. You may miss a shower, but you’ll get the real towpath experience.
Join us and learn why the best way to see the world is by bicycle.
What You’ll Love
The C&O Canal is a quintessential summer ride for area cyclists. On this trip we will enjoy the gently sloped canal towpath as it winds through small towns from Western Maryland, to West Virginia, and all the way down to Washington DC. Shaded for long stretches in the “Green Tunnel” you will experience what it was like two hundred years ago for traders carrying goods to market along the canal. We can think of few better ways to spend a long weekend then cycling, camping, and campfires along the shores of the Potomac.
Day 1: Meet us near BWI airport for our signature pancake breakfast and coffee. Its the only way to start a bicycle touring trip. We will get your gear loaded up while you eat and get fueled for your first big day. Our van will transport you and your bike to the start in Cumberland, MD. The 58 mile first-leg will follow the C&O Canal towpath to Hancock, Maryland. In the evening enjoy a hot shower at C and O Canal Bicycles. Dinner will be at Buddylou’s famous restaurant!
Day 2: Another 64 miles downhill along the towpath will take us to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The towpath passes by Antietam National Battlefield where one of the most important battles of the civil war was fought. This section of the canal has picturesque views as we pass by small dams along the Potomac. After we set up camp the group will jump into the van and head out to Harpers Ferry Brewing for a cold one and some hot dinner from the food trucks. We’ll wind down the evening with a campfire and s’mores for anyone who is still hungry.
Day 3: The final day will take us 62 miles from our campsite near Harpers Ferry to Georgetown in Washington, DC. No trip on the canal would be complete without a stop at the world famous Great Falls! After a bit of meandering through Georgetown we will take you all the way to the elusive Mile Marker 0. Congratulations you’ve just cycled the entire C&O Canal Towpath! Our crew will give you and your companions a ride back to your vehicles.
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- GPX route file from ridewithgps
- Transportation to start and from end of Tour
- Baggage Transfer
- Fully guided tour with two (2) guides
- Free pre-tour consultation to make sure you are ready to go
- All meals unless a restaurant stop is noted. Meals are selected by you in advance from our pantry list
- Gear Checklist
- Sag support in case of bike-breakdown
- Daily hiking or town excursions
- Blaze Adventures Tri-Blend tee-shirt
- Our signature pancake breakfast
- French Press coffee every morning
What You Need
- Bicycle – Recommended 32mm tires or wider. (Need help bringing your own bike? We will handle the logistics)
- Camping gear (gear list provided)
- The desire to challenge yourself – These days might look long. We don’t believe, we KNOW you can do it. Bring the right attitude and you will be amazed at what you can achieve