Big Slackwater, Part II

Big Slackwater Project as viewed from West Virginia

Yesterday, we took a short hike upstream from Dam 4 in hopes of getting a closer look at the ongoing Big Slackwater Project.  We managed to a get a decent picture from a distance, so today we decided to find out what we could see from the West Virginia side of the Potomac River.  Much of the riverfront property along Whitings Neck Road is posted as private property, but it’s still possible to observe the equipment and progress that’s being made.

Great View of the Cliff meeting the River--of course, it's fun to look at the big equipment, too!

The cliffs are pretty vertical, and working on land is virtually impossible for this project.  The only way to approach the task is from the river on barges and pontoons, which makes the job a difficult one at best.  Since the start of the project, there have been several minor floods, which to be sure, makes the project even more difficult to accomplish.

We’re hoping to complete our third through ride next summer, and the prospect of seeing new scenery–and avoiding the detour–is very exciting.

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12 responses to this post.

  1. Great! thanks for the share!


  2. Posted by Amanda G. on November 22, 2011 at 11:17 am

    This is a great website. The pictures are great. If you can believe it, I’ve lived in the area for 6 years and I have never been on the tow path. That will have to change.


  3. Posted by Tom on November 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks, Amanda G. I think the C&O is under-appreciated, at least the western end of it. I was in Martinsburg for ten years and barely knew that it existed. I hope we can persuade a lot of the locals that the park is a great place to spend time. It’s 184. 5 miles long, so it shouldn’t get boring. The Big Slackwater area has never been all that important to Candee or I, but the other day we found out what we’ve been missing. It’s a great place to hike, fish, or even walk the dog!


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  5. Posted by LevelWalker on December 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks, Joe. We’re very interested in things like Big Slackwater and the Western Maryland Rail Trail extension. Fortunately, we live close to the midway point of the C&O, and we can get to most places in the park within an hour. Thanks for the visit!


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  7. Posted by Clinton on March 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Many thanks for the following awesome blog post – Big Slackwater, Part II


  8. Posted by LevelWalker on March 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Thanks, Clinton. As I understand it, the many minor floods on the Potomac have set the project back a little, and all anybody is saying is “sometime in the Summer of 2012.” We have a bike trip planned for mid-June, and it’s looking like yet another trip along the (yuck!) detour.


  9. Posted by Jeremiah Rolley on March 11, 2012 at 2:44 pm

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  10. Posted by LevelWalker on March 11, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Thanks Jeremiah!


  11. Posted by Rajon Collins on May 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

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  12. […] what does all of this mean?  In the Summer of 2010, ground was broken on the Big Slackwater Project in order to span a breach of 1.7 miles (if my shoddy math is correct) in the C&O Canal’s […]


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