Alum Hill Deep Cut (167.51-167.98)

Alum Hill Deep Cut

The Alum Hill Deep Cut is a half-mile stretch where the canal and towpath pass between two vertical shale cliffs.  The area is marked with small shards of rock along the towpath, and while passing through on long bike trips this section always seemed to say, “Welcome to Oldtown!”  Although it’s another half-mile to Lock 71 and the watered section of the canal, the deep cut has its fair share of slimy, green water.  From here to the Lockhouse (heading downstream), the ducks and turtles were too numerous to count.  I was surprised to see ducks posing on branches sticking up out of the water, but, unfortunately, my camera hand wasn’t nearly quick enough to catch them.  Today, I was even too slow on the draw for the turtles.  Bummer!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. The variety along the canal has always been for me one of the sources of its appeal. This deep cut looks fascinating and I look forward to seeing it one day. Outside of the approaches to the Paw Paw tunnel, I can’t think of anything else quite like it along the towpath. The cut through Prather’s Neck isn’t nearly as deep, nor as rocky.


  2. Posted by LevelWalker on August 12, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Agreed. There seems to be something new around every corner. I remember just getting into biking years ago and starting a trip from the Paw Paw Tunnel parking lot and heading to Evitts Creek. As the watered section of the canal came into view, it was interesting to see fishermen along Battie Mixon’s fishing hole and water coming through the locks at Oldtown. This area is one of my favorite stretches along the C&O. Click on Jamie’s name above the previous comment to see his C&O blog. Good stuff!


  3. Posted by BooBoo on August 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I haven’t been there in a long time…I love your website. Keep up the good work!


  4. Posted by LevelWalker on August 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks, Boo Boo. I like your nickname!


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