Douglas Hikes start at Brunswick;
Dinner follows in Jefferson
Hiker bus $6
($8 on the day of the hike.)
By Steve Dean
on behalf of the Program Committee
The C&O Canal Association will honor the 54th anniversary of the Doug las Hike on April 28, 2018 with a selection of three hikes of different lengths, a roast beef and fried chicken dinner, and an evening program. Bring your friends and join your fellow Association members to celebrate spring with a walk on one of the canal's most fascinating sections.
All hikers will meet at the MARC parking lot in Brunswick, the start and end point for the event. Plan on arriving 15 minutes before your bus departure time. The bus for the long-length hikers will depart at 10 a.m., stopping at Dargan Bend. Hikers starting at this point will have a 10½ mile trek back to Brunswick. On their trip downstream, the long-hikers will cross through the Dam 3 area and be able to observe some of the interesting features noted in Karen Gray’s Accompanied by the Past article on page 14 of the March newsletter. A side trip at Lock 36 to visit the best preserved of the two dry docks on the canal is well worth the time.
The second bus will depart Brunswick at 11 a.m., carrying two groups of short-hikers. Those selecting a 6-mile walk will be dropped off at Lock 34. Their trek downstream will include passing through the Harpers Ferry area and observing the ruins of the Shenandoah River Lock. Those hikers opting for the shortest route will be dropped off by the bus at Lock 31 in Weverton for a 3½ mile walk back to Brunswick. Like the six-milers, they will also enjoy a view of the river lock ruins as they pass downstream through the Weverton area. Maps with the walk details will be provided to all hikers.
After the hike, members will meet at the Jefferson Ruritan Center for a happy hour at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30. After dinner, Chad Crumrine of the National Park Service will provide a presentation on the Great Allegheny Passage. Chad served as an intern on the GAP prior to his assignment to the C&O Canal and has prepared an informative and engaging presentation of the GAP and the features along it.
Details and Directions
Donwload the registration form or use the one enclosed in the March newsletter. You can also purchase online (see above). The bus for the long hike departs at 10 a.m., and the bus for the short hikes departs at 11 a.m. Arrive at least 15 minutes early. The bus is $6 per person in advance, and $8 the day of the event. Please bring exact change. Happy hour is included in the cost of dinner and is at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30 and is $22 per person. Reservations must be received by Thursday, April 12.
Directions to Brunswick MARC station: On US-340 take the exit for MD-180 . Turn left on to MD-180 W. After 1.7 miles turn left on MD-79 W/Petersville Road, and proceed 2.7 miles, then take the fourth exit from the traffic circle and stay on Petersville Road. Turn right on to North Maple Avenue, then right on to Railroad Square.
Directions from Brunswick to the Jefferson Ruritan Center, 4603 Lander Rd., Jefferson, MD: Turn left on South Maple Avenue, then left on to Petersville Road. At the traffic circle take the first exit onto Burkittsville Road/Petersville Road. Continue on Petersville Road (it becomes MD Route 79) for 2.7 miles. Turn right on to MD Route 180 E and proceed 1.5 miles. Turn right and merge on to US Route 340 E. Proceed 2.7 miles on US-340 and take the Lander Road exit toward Jefferson. The Jefferson Ruritan Center will be on the right.
Directions from the Washington area to the Jefferson Ruritan Center: Take I-270 N and merge on to I-70 W at Exit 32. Take Exit 52 off I-70 W on to US-15 South/US-340 W. After 6 miles take the Lander Road exit toward Jefferson.