Three Culverts Near Taylors Landing/Mercersville

Culvert 114 (mi. 79.98)

Candee is preparing to hike the entire length of the Camino de Santiago this summer and has been doing a series of 10-15 mile hikes.  Today, we opted to walk from Snyders Landing to Big Woods hiker/biker and back.  This is an area we have biked many times, but we’ve never explored it on foot.  Basically, it was like seeing everything for the first time, including three culverts which are a short walk from the Taylors Landing boat ramp (mm 81).  Heading upstream, the first of the culverts was #114, which has a 4′ span.  Due to recent dry weather, the stream was dry.

Culvert 115 (mi. 80.55)

Culvert 115 is a short distance up the towpath from #114.  It has a 6′ span that takes in the flow of a small, fast-flowing stream.  I was a little bit disappointed to see a large branch hanging in the way.  It’s a tough trip down a steep bank to get a look at the culvert, but it’s well worth it.  Close to the mouth of the culvert, you can hear the roar of a small waterfall just above the upper end of the pipe.

Waterfall above Culvert 115

Finally, the Marsh Run Culvert is about a half-mile upstream from the boat ramp.  Marsh Run is a larger stream, and as culverts go, this a pretty big one (10′ span).  It’s located in close proximity to the Potomac, and when the river floods, it disappears under the murky, brown water.  I know I’ve said this before, but I urge all bikers and hikers to scramble down the bank to have a look at the numerous culverts of the C&O Canal.  They are all unique and worth seeing.

Marsh Run Culvert (mi. 81.62)

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Looks like you were here about three weeks before I was — and have similar pictures around Culvert 115! Just curious… were you responsible for the rock cairns at the mouth of this stream?


  2. Posted by LevelWalker on August 13, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    No, that wasn’t us. Candee, however, loves cairns. I know she’s crazy about one on the Tuscarora Trail and another on the Camino de Santiago. Steve Dean, of the C&O Canal Association, piqued our interest in culverts. Until a few years ago, we hardly knew they were there.


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