Picking Up Trash on Level 57 aka Twigg Hollow

Lock 63 1/3

 

 

Volunteering in a national park can take a person to some out-of-the-way places, and the Twigg Hollow section of the C&O Canal NHP doesn’t tend to get many visitors–in spite of its close proximity to the popular Paw Paw Tunnel.

 

 

View of the towpath just south of Lock 63 1/3

Traditionally, Level 57 starts at Lock 61 and ends at Lock 63 1/3, but, as usual, we do most things backward, and this isn’t any different!

No peepers this time!

 

 

This isn’t our ‘official’ section to pick up trash, but when did the walk in May the canal was filled with water and a plethora of frogs and ducks. What a difference a few months makes! This time around, the canal bed and the stream at Gross Hollow were bone dry, but beautiful just the same.

 

 

Gross Hollow Culvert

 

The Gross Hollow Culvert generally allows a fast-flowing mountain stream to pass underneath of the canal. It is a brick-lined structure that looks like the Paw Paw Tunnel in miniature from the inside. Hikers and bikers tend to either walk or ride past many interesting structures, and I would recommend a guide book to anyone who wants to get the most out of a trip down the canal.

Check out the 'shroom'!

Do I really have to climb down there to pick up a lousy yogurt container?

'Plain Yogurt? Do people really eat this stuff or do they just like throwing it in the canal?'

 

 

 

 

 

After a hike of about 1.5 miles, we reached our destination at Lock 61. We didn’t have much trash to show for our effort, but sometimes that’s a good thing–it shows that most visitors enjoy their outings without making a mess out of the scenery.

 

 

 

 

 

Not much trash on Level 57! Fourteen pieces to be exact!

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  1. This is a beautiful place though. Even with all the hot heat and weird weather this is absolutely gorgeous. Love the little quips with the photos!!! I LOL!!

    Thanks for sharing this.

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