Heritage Hike and Dinner

Join fellow canal lovers for colorful autumn walk in the Hancock area October 22. After a two-year hiatus due to COVID, the Association is resuming its organized fall Heritage Hike. This year will feature two one-way hikes of different lengths. After the hike, a happy hour and catered dinner will be hosted by St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hancock.

Hiking options

Long and medium hike participants will park at the Hancock Park and Ride lot, 261 E. Main St., across from the Hancock American Legion.

  • 11 a.m. – Long hikers will depart aboard the shuttle van. They will disembark at Lock 56 in Pearre for a 12.9-mile hike back to Hancock.
  • Noon – Medium hikers will depart aboard the shuttle van. They will disembark at Cohill Station for a 7.5-mile hike back to Hancock.
  • The bus fare is $10 if paid in advance, and $12 in cash if paid on boarding. Please bring exact amount.

Short hikers will not need a shuttle for their out-and-back hike. They will meet at 1 p.m. at the Little Tonoloway Recreation Area across the canal from the C&O Canal Bicycle Shop, 9 Pennsylvania Ave. A bridge across the canal there takes cars to the recreation area.

Hikers will sign an Association waiver before boarding. Bring a bag lunch and a beverage.

Dinner and happy hour

A Happy Hour will start at 4:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 6 East High St. in Hancock, followed by dinner at 5:30. The dinner will feature grilled chicken parmesan, a non-meat option of eggplant parmesan, mixed vegetables, salad, and fresh baked bread. Dinner costs $20 each.

At 6:30 p.m. Don Peterson will present a slide talk on Native American fish traps on the Potomac River. He will have his book on fish traps available for sale a $15 each. If you have an older edition of his book, you can trade it in for the latest edition.

If you have questions, contact Jonnie Lefebure at programs@candocanal.org

Payment options (Deadline October 12)