Town Creek Aqueduct

Town Creek Aqueduct

Heading upstream from Georgetown, Town Creek Aqueduct is the tenth of the eleven C&O Canal aqueducts.  It’s location is at mile 162.3, and it is easily accessible from Maryland Rt. 51–almost halfway between Oldtown and Paw Paw, WV.  The canal is watered immediately upstream from the aqueduct, and it is not unusual to see people fishing there.  Like many of the other aqueducts, the upstream wall is missing, but it remains as one of the most beautiful structures along the canal.

The icy waters of Town Creek entering the Potomac River

Personally, the Town Creek Aqueduct is one of the few structures that I can still remember seeing for the first time.  Many years ago, I was on one of my first rides after buying my bike, and Candee and I were sitting on the aqueduct while a dozen wild turkeys crossed the towpath in single file just below the watered section of the canal.  Initially, I thought the site was more remote than it actually is, but it remains one of my favorite spots on the canal.  I encourage everybody to park along this access point and walk across Rt. 51 into Green Ridge State Forest.  The Log Roll Trail is directly across from the road into the aqueduct, and it is one of the many interesting trails in the forest.

From the back

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2 responses to this post.

  1. This looks like a place one could sit and pondering the wonderful creations about. Even have a picnic or two.


    • Posted by LevelWalker on March 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm


      One tends to get around and see different things along the way, but for years this was my favorite spot on the canal. It’s probably still in the top ten. If I had to pick an activity, I think wandering off of the canal and checking out the abandoned railroad tunnels would be my favorite. With that in mind, I really loved the Kessler Tunnel–even though it isn’t along the towpath.


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