C&O Mile 10 - 25: Great Falls & Mather Gorge
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Great Blue Heron at C&O Canal National Historic Park. Photo By Jim Rowan
Great Falls, Bike Packing, Bike Touring, C&O Canal Lodging
Beautiful section that is probably the most used. Expect crowds on weekends, particularly around Great Falls Tavern. This section also features some hiking trails that provide good views of the Falls and Mather’s Gorge. Be advised, that this section is prone to flooding. The Park service at Great Falls Tavern provides free bike rentals and snacks and sandwiches are available for purchase. There is also a concrete overlook opposite the Tavern. There is a relatively large parking lot at the Tavern, but on weekends it tends to fill up fast. Seneca Creek aqueduct is at mile marker 23 and is the first of 11 aqueducts on the canal.
How to use the map: The map below contains points of interest for this section of the trail! Click the upper left hand button to see a menu with a list of all points. Items on this map are grouped by Category or trail, and can be toggled on or off through this menu to get a better picture of a specific category of options. All items contain their description from the table below, as well as google-maps information as availble. Click on the upper right hand button to view the map in greater detail.
How to use the table: The table below contains points of interest for this section of the trail! Click on the heading of each section in order to get a sorted list of items (i.e. see all items by Mile on the trail, or all places with Food.) The upper right contains a search bar -- use this to find all items with a specific word (i.e. all 'locks' or all 'attraction'). All items below also exist on the map above, grouped and labeled by type for clarity and convenience.