Point of Rocks is located near mile marker 48 on the C&O Canal. This area was hotly disputed between the C&O and Baltimore and Ohio Railroad because of its narrow passage, and the completion of the canal to Harper’s Ferry was delayed until 1833 because of these legal issues.
The town is also the site of an ornate railroad station built by the B&O in 1876. The station is a hot photo op for railroad buffs–in fact, there were two other people taking pictures of the building while we were there.
Another important fixture nearby is the US Route 15 bridge. It’s the first bridge across the river past the American Legion Bridge near Cabin John, and the only crossing in between is the Jubal Early at White’s Ferry. It’s no wonder that the traffic is so heavy: that’s a long way between crossings!
Naturally, we went ripping through the area on our two previous through rides. Last June, I swallowed a large bug while riding and spent my time gagging and drinking large amounts of water while speeding past the Point of Rocks parking lot. I had no clue that there was a boat ramp and beautiful view of the river nearby. I love biking. In fact it’s more of a passion than hiking or sightseeing, but I can’t reiterate enough that I’ve missed plenty of beautiful scenery on my Trek 7200. Guess what else I missed?
The town also has a convenience store, pizza shop, and deli. No doubt, a person biking 60+ miles in a day needs plenty of protein, and there are much better ways to get it than swallowing large insects! Let’s review: pepperoni pizza or a moth…that’s a no brainer! Plus, anybody needing a snack has a long way to…guess where…White’s Ferry.