Little Cacapon (159.6)

Little Cacapon on WV side, as seen from the towpath

Little Cacapon on WV side, as seen from the towpath

The Little Cacapon River is a small stream that flows through Hampshire County, West Virginia before emptying into the Potomac across from roughly mile 159.6 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. From the C&O, there is a beautiful view of this confluence and railroad bridge that is easily missed when the Summer leaves are in full force. To put the whereabouts of this location in perspective, it is roughly halfway between the Town Creek Aqueduct and Paw Paw Tunnel, or just a few miles below where the North Branch meets the South Branch to form the main stem of the Potomac.

Another view of the Little Cacapon

Another view of the Little Cacapon

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  1. You have captured the beauty of this spot with your photos. The western third of the canal has attractions like this which can’t be found elsewhere. I passed this way in April and a train was crossing the bridge over the Little Cacapon at the time — a common sight on that busy line. It amazes me how similar this vista is to where the Great Cacapon enters the Potomac further east — both views highlighted by railroad bridges and background mountains.

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    • Posted by LevelWalker on October 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      The only thing missing was a train! This is a great spot that I have missed on my bike a few times. Actually, the mouth of the Little Cacapon marks the end of one of the C&O Canal Association’s volunteer areas–Level 59, I think.

      There are also a couple of islands in the Potomac just below the confluence. It’s an absolutely beautiful stretch of the river.

      Once again, Jamie has some very astute observations, and I encourage everybody to check out his blog.

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