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Access Points (via automobile)

This page lists access points for drivers along the towpath from Georgetown to Cumberland. The second column shows the milepoint along the towpath. The last column includes GPS coordinates and a link to Google Maps for directions. GPS coordinates were chosen to get drivers as close as possible to access points using roads recognized by Google Maps. Warning: your GPS device might not recognize the same roads as Google Maps.

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Access Point Mile Notes Coordinates
Georgetown 0.0 - 1.1 The canal is accessible from many points in Georgetown. Parking can be difficult during peak times in this popular neighborhood. 38.904167, -77.060133
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Fletchers Cove 3.1 Large parking lot 38.918691, -77.102019
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Chain Bridge 4.0 About 30 parking spaces along Clara Barton Parkway. The spaces sometimes fill up on busy days. 38.932841, -77.112844
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Brookmont footbridge 5.0 Take footpath off Ridge Drive downhill to the spiraling footbridge over the parkway, which brings you to the downstream end of the picnic area at Lock 5. 38.939982, -77.120157
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Lock 6 5.4 About 15 parking spaces along Clara Barton Parkway. The spaces sometimes fill up on busy days. 38.944737, -77.123348
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Valley Road (Brookmont)

5.4 At the end of Valley Road, follow a footpath which leads across the parkway at grade, just upstream from Lock 6. 38.945460, -77.122672
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Sycamore Island 6.4 About 15 parking spaces along Clara Barton Parkway. The spaces sometimes fill up on busy days. 38.95832, -77.131465
N3857'15.48" W777'43.51"
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Walhonding Road footbridge 6.4 Parking lot with 20 spaces on MacArthur Boulevard. Take footpath to the spiraling footbridge over the parkway. 38.958303, -77.130849
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Lock 7 7.0 About 10 parking spaces along southbound Clara Barton Parkway. The spaces sometimes fill up on busy days. 38.964611, -77.138363
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Lock 8 8.3 Parking spaces along southbound Clara Barton Parkway. The spaces sometimes fill up on busy days. 38.971559, -77.160636
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Riverside Drive 8.3 No parking area. Follow path at end of road to Lock 8. 38.972080, -77.162100
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Lock 10 8.8 Parking spaces along southbound Clara Barton Parkway. The spaces sometimes fill up on busy days. 38.972631, -77.169278
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Carderock 10.4 - 10.8 Large parking lot runs parallel to the towpath. 38.974560, -77.201968
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Marsden Tract 11.4 Small parking area—space for three cars. Follow footpath to bridge across canal. 38.978697, -77.215888
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Old Angler's Inn 12.2 Ongoing construction work has reduced parking available at this popular location. 38.981897, -77.226205
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Great Falls to Harpers Ferry Back to top
Great Falls 14.3 Large parking lot 39.001748, -77.246836
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Swains Lock 16.6 Small parking lot 39.031634, -77.243531
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Pennyfield Lock 19.6 Parking lot 39.054972, -77.290334
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Violettes Lock 22.1 Parking lot 39.067226, -77.328483
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Rileys Lock 22.8 Large parking lot 39.069167, -77.340877
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Sycamore Landing 27.2 Parking lot 39.074731, -77.420193
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Edwards Ferry 30.8 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.103463, -77.472933
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Whites Ferry 35.5 Large parking lot 39.154861, -77.518206
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Dickerson Conservation Park 39.6 Parking lot 39.194685, -77.469402
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Monocacy Aqueduct 42.1 Parking lot 39.222563, -77.449987
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Nolands Ferry 44.6 Small parking lot 39.249948, -77.482726
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Point of Rocks 48.2 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.273218, -77.540045
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Lander 50.9 Parking area near lockhouse 39.306507, -77.558006
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Brunswick 55.0 Parking lot 39.311220, -77.630749
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Weverton 58.0 Follow Appalachian Trail 400 feet to towpath. Take care crossing railroad tracks. 39.329916, -77.681966
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Harpers Ferry to Williamsport Back to top
Maryland Heights 61.3 About 10 spaces available at the trailhead on north side of Harpers Ferry Road. Use footbridge to access towpath. 39.329395, -77.731919
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Lock 34 61.6 Best used for drop off or pick up. No more than three cars can park legally. 39.333430, -77.738577
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Dargan Bend 64.9 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.364182, -77.740073
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Mountain Lock 67.0 Small parking lot 39.385295, -77.734451
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Antietam 69.5 Parking spaces along Canal Road, which runs parallel to canal for next three miles 39.419001, -77.74657
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Railroad bridge (Shepherdstown) 72.4 Large parking lot on Canal Road near the railroad trestle 39.433927, -77.795512
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Lock 38 (Shepherdstown) 72.8 Small parking lot near Route 34 bridge 39.436456, -77.799527
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Snyders Landing 76.7 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.465270, -77.777313
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Taylors Landing 81.0 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.499645, -77.767866
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Dam No. 4 84.4 Small parking lot 39.496001, -77.826266
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Big Slackwater Boat Ramp 85.4 Large parking lot 39.501346, -77.845385
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McMahons Mill 88.1 Small parking area 39.530654, -77.823522
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Spring Dell Road 89.1 No parking. Pick up or drop off only. Follow path 500 feet past red barn to towpath. 39.530309, -77.844116
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Williamsport to Hancock Back to top
Lock 44 99.3 Parking lot 39.595037, -77.824712
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Williamsport Visitor Center 99.8 Large parking lot 39.600996, -77.826927
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Gift Road 103.3 Dirt road for last tenth of a mile. Small parking area near towpath. 39.616863, -77.888503
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Dam No. 5 Road 106.2 Limited parking along road 39.604678, -77.911877
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Dam No. 5 106.8 Parking lot 39.607079, -77.921117
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Lock 46 107.4 Small parking area near lock. If the gate is closed you many need to park on Dam No. 5 Road and walk 400 feet to the towpath. 39.615866, -77.926626
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Four Locks 108.8 Large parking lot 39.615311, -77.947494
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McCoys Ferry 110.4 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.609261, -77.970065
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Fort Frederick 112.4 Limited parking at towpath. Parking lot available at the fort, 0.3 mile away. 39.605391, -78.005041
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Ernstville Road 114.5 Very limited parking. Do not block gate. 39.632970, -78.028951
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Licking Creek 116.3 Parking area. Use Mile Marker Road off Route 40. 39.655987, -78.053946
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Little Pool 119.6 WMRT parking lot 39.684430, -78.103796
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Hancock to Paw Paw Back to top
Hancock Visitor Center 122.8 Turn south off Route 144. 39.695110, -78.153670
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Hancock 124.1 Easy access to towpath for a quarter-mile in cental Hancock. Large parking lots. 39.698253, -78.181036
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Berm Road 125.6 Road parallels canal from Hancock to this point. 39.683618, -78.199002
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Cohill Station 130.7 Small parking area. 39.645446, -78.251711
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Pearre Road, Dam #6 134.0 Limited parking. Do not block gate. Walk 0.4 mile east on WMRT to access towpath at Dam #6. 39.628174, -78.298256
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WMRT Pearre parking lot 135.9 Large parking lot. To access towpath, use an informal path across prism or walk 0.3 mile west on WMRT to Lock 56. 39.636480, -78.323262
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Lock 56 (Pearre) 136.2 Small parking area 39.637868, -78.328302
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Little Orleans 140.8 Parking available alongside form railroad embankment on nearby road. 39.625648, -78.385868
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Kasecamp Road 147.1

Unpaved road. Park near gate alongside former railroad embankment. Walk past gate to reach canal. If conditions aren't too wet, you should be able to cross prism near railroad bridge.

39.603639, -78.425820
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Bonds Landing 150.1 Unpaved road. Some potentially muddy parking at towpath. More parking near boat ramp. 39.582848, -78.411246
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Roby Hollow 151.2 Difficult access point. Very limited parking. Unpaved road. You must walk through Culvert #208 (which could be wet) to reach towpath. 39.590113, -78.429294
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Twigg Hollow 153.3 Outdoor Club Road is unpaved and may not be suitable for your family sedan. Parking at Green Ridge Forest campsite #66. Follow sign for Great Eastern Trail to reach towpath. 39.58128, -78.46154
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Paw Paw to Cumberland Back to top
Paw Paw Tunnel 156.2 Parking lot 39.544450, -78.460806
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Lock 67 161.9 Turn south off Route 51 at brown sign for "Town Creek Aqueduct" onto former WM rail right-of-way. Limited parking. Do not block gate. Footpath crosses prism. 39.52560, -78.53626
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Town Creek Aqueduct 162.3 Turn south off Route 51 at brown sign for "Town Creek Aqueduct" onto former WM rail right-of-way. Park at end of road. Follow footpath down to aqueduct. 39.523862, -78.543122
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Oldtown (Lock 70) 166.7 Parking lot 39.540405, -78.611936
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Spring Gap 173.3 Parking lot near boat ramp 39.564306, -78.719289
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North Branch 175.6 Temporary parking lot near Lock 75 39.587698, -78.743462
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River Road 176.4 Small parking area 39.587303, -78.754629
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Mexico Farms 178.3 Limited parking 39.599369, -78.750544
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Brehm Road 178.9 You may be able to park on the road shoulder nearby. 39.603402, -78.741713
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Candoc Recreation Area 181.8 Parking available nearby in park. 39.625274, -78.759307
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Canal Parkway 182.6 No pulloff area or parking. Path leads down from bridge to towpath. 39.622741, -78.773223
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Elizabeth Street 183.1 Limited parking 39.629393, -78.773132
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Cumberland Visitor Center
184.5 Large parking lot 39.649348, -78.762800
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