Around the bend (and in the news)

A view from the towpath below Great Falls

Occasionally, I post things and a few months pass without any updates.  However, through emails from the C&O Canal Association, etc. bits and pieces of news filter in.  One of the bigger stories is that the formal dedication of the completion of the Big Slackwater Project will take place on October 13th.  This, of course, is a giant step in making the C&O’s towpath a continuous run from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, Md.  The only luck Candee and I have had regarding pictures is from the heavily-posted West Virginia side of the river, so the anticipation factor is running very high.  I’ve seen a couple of images of what the new section was projected to look like–from a time before the construction began–but I’m not entirely sure what to expect.  Nevertheless, it should be a wonderful addition to the park.

Also, I noted that back in the spring that improvements were being made at the Fifteenmile Creek Campground.  A large area had been cleared on the downstream end, and equipment was sitting on site.  Word had it that this area was designated for campsites, and the boat ramp was going to be moved downstream.  Recently, we visited the campground, and nothing further had been done.  The story is that funding isn’t there, and the project seems to be on the back burner.

As future posts are concerned, we’re interested in checking out the Ferry Hill Plantation, Kessler Tunnel, and a trail or two in the Great Falls area.  Also, I would like to spend the night in one of the lockhouses that are open to public lodging.  Who knows how long it will take to clear off this list and move on to the next?  This website will be a work in progress for a LONG time to come!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. It’s good to know this blog is going to be around…I enjoy coming over here and learning a bit about your part of the world.

    This photo is gorgeous. It looks like a beautiful spot and a relaxing one. Looking forward to reading more.


  2. Posted by LevelWalker on September 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm


    Thanks! The truth is that we renewed the domain name for three more years. It was scheduled to run out on September 24th. The park stretches 184.5 miles (don’t forget the .5!), and the odds of ever being satisfied that we’ve covered everything is a million-to-one. It would take several days and a hundred bucks worth of gasoline to get caught up on the lock houses alone. There are trails that cross the C&O that we haven’t hiked, etc. I’m not familiar with the terminology of several of the canal’s structures or the history of many of the locations. The best we can do is hit the highlights and hope that people find them interesting.


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