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Overview

Canoeing the Potomac:
All of the trips listed are
Self/Group guided and paddlers participate at their own risk. All of these trips can be done by canoeing downriver and biking back upriver along the C&O Canal. This list of trips begins in Cumberland, MD and proceeds downriver in short half-day trips that can be combined for full-day or weekend trips. The lunch/dinner locations have been suggested after canoe retrieval although it is recommended that you pack an energy lunch or a snack for all trips because total trip times can vary with conditions and individual canoeing and biking skill levels. The presumption that the trip is a morning trip on the river (8-9:am launch) with roughly an hour or hour and a half return bike trip on the C&O. In addition, drive time between take-out and put in can vary depending on road conditions. 

Online TOPO Maps:
Most of the TOPO maps have been hand drawn and may not be 100% accurate. Yellow triangles mark the beginning of a trip and the yellow diamond marks the end of a trip.

Securing Canoes & Bikes at Take-Out:
All of the facilities listed for take-outs have access to the C&O Canal towpath with vehicle parking and trees or other structures for securing canoes and/or bikes.  

184 Miles of Adventure:
Canoeing the Potomac is based on "184 miles of adventure" a Hikers Guide to the C&O Canal published by the Baltimore Area Council - Boy Scouts of America is an excellent resource and may be purchased online from the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club at http://www.patc.net/store/XX250.htm.

Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails:
These trips have relied in part on information contained in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler and is available in most bookstores.

Schedule of Canoeing the Potomac

Cumberland, MD 21502, Canoeing the Potomac, Cumberland to Spring Gap, Trip 0100, C&O Miles 184-173, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || Cumberland Gage || TOPO Map || Navigation map: page 30, map 4, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. This 13.4-mile, 3-hour, Class 0-1, -55 foot, trip begins with a put-in near the Cumberland Visitors Center parking lot to a take-out on the Maryland side at Spring Gap. Shuttle vehicles can park at the take-out. Put-in parking is near the launch area at the Cumberland Visitors Center parking lot with a carry of a quarter of a mile to the river. There is not an actual launch ramp at this location due to the heavy brush along the river bank. The best put-in was about two-hundred yards downstream from where the walkway joins the towpath at an area that has been used to dump extra concrete. At the downriver end of the concrete carry the canoe down the concrete to the grassy area on the riverbank and launch from the bank. Depending on river flow and the amount of brush, this put-in may not be accessible. As an alternative, there is a launch area in the park downriver from the Visitors Center. For specific location, ask at the Visitors Center. Along this trip, you will encounter the remains of a small dam with menacing boulders across most of its width, but it is portable on the left side with normal to low flow. Neither side of the river offers a good vantage point to dock and preview the dam. At low to normal flow, go slow and keep to the left shore. Gage height for my trip was 3.5 feet, discharge was approximately 1500 cfps with median at 800 and median at 1250. Directions to take-out: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, follow signs to I70 towards Hagerstown, take I-68 just west of Hancock, take exit 43C and follow signs to RT 51 south, the Spring Gap take-out is in the park on the right as you approach Spring Gap. Ample room for vehicle parking or to secure bikes to trees. Directions to put-in: Take RT 51 back into Cumberland, onto S. Mechanic St, follow signs to the Visitors Center, best parking is in small lot under the I-68 bridge or in one of the other Visitors Center parking lots. There will be a carry of a quarter of a mile to the river (see above for details). Lunch: Baltimore Street Grill, 82 Baltimore St, Cumberland MD 21502, 301-724-1711. Follow RT 51 back to Cumberland, Baltimore Street is a pedestrian mall within walking distance of the Canal Visitor's Center, park here or near Baltimore Street, the restaurant is on Baltimore St and will be on the left as you walk away from the river. Lodging: Comfort Inn & Suites, 1216 La Vale MD 21502,301-729-6400. Nearby Attractions: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, boarding at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; AMC Theatres, 1280 Vocke Rd, La Vale MD 21502.

Oldtown, MD 21555, Canoeing the Potomac, Spring Gap to Oldtown - Trip 0200, C&O Miles 167-173, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || Cumberland Gage || TOPO Map || This 6.7-mile, 3-hour, Class 0-1, -34 feet, trip begins with a put-in at Spring Gap to a take-out on the Maryland side at the toll bridge at Oldtown. Directions to take-out: Although there appear to be shorter routes on the Maryland State roadmap, I found it faster to go to Cumberland and backtrack to Oldtown on RT. 51. From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, follow signs to I70 towards Hagerstown, take I-68 just west of Hancock, take exit 43C and follow signs to RT 51 south, follow RT 51 to right into Oldtown onto Opessa St., right onto Green Spring Rd., SE. (directions will vary if you miss the first right turn into Oldtown), to right just before the toll booth to small parking lot for maintenance area, bikes and canoes can be secured to trees in this area, (if doing a vehicle shuttle, park at canal parking lot). Directions to put-in: Proceed back to left onto RT 51, through Spring Gap, to left into park, to parking at the launch area. Lunch: Schoolhouse Kitchen, 19210 Opessa St SE, Oldtown MD 21555, 301-478-5189. Turn left exiting canal parking lot headed back toward RT 51, at stop sign, turn right onto Opessa St SE, the restaurant is part of the school and will be on the right.

Oldtown, MD 21555, Canoeing the Potomac, Oldtown to Paw Paw - Trip 0300, C&O Miles 156-167, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || Cumberland Gage || TOPO Map || 11-mile, 3-hour, Class 0-1, -39 feet, trip begins with a put-in at the low-water toll bridge at Oldtown to a take-out on the West Virginia (right) side at the RT 9 bridge. Note that although the take-out is on the West Virginia side of the river, it is very easy to get to bike back to the canal for the return bike ride. Put-in parking is near the launch area. Navigation map: page 30, map 4, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to take-out: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, follow signs to I70 to Hancock, take RT 522 South to Beckley WV, turn right onto RT 9 to Paw Paw, to right turn before crossing Potomac into public boat launch parking lot. Directions to put-in: Exiting parking lot, turn right onto RT 9, cross bridge into Maryland where RT 9 becomes RT 51, take RT 51 to first left into Oldtown, turn right at stop sign onto Opessa St SE, turn left onto Green Spring Rd SE, to right just before the toll booth to small parking lot for maintenance area. You can unload canoes in this area, but after unloading, park vehicles in canal parking lot. Lunch: Grandma’s Country Kitchen, 103 Winchester St., Paw Paw, WV 25434, 304-947-7751. From the take-out parking lot, turn left onto Rt. 9, veer right at the gas station onto Winchester St., the restaurant will be on your right.

Paw Paw, WV 25434, Canoeing the Potomac, Paw Paw to Bonds Landing Road - Trip 0400, C&O Miles 156-150, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || Paw Paw Gage || TOPO Map || This 13-mile, 4-hour, Class 0-1, -56 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the West Virginia side at the Rt. 9 bridge to a take-out on the Maryland side at the Bonds Landing Road. Put-in parking is at the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park near the launch area at Bonds Landing Road. Note that this take-out is the most remote location for a take-out or put-in along the Potomac and you should allow 45-minutes drive time between the take-out and the put-in in each direction. Navigation map: page 30, map 4, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to take-out: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, follow signs to I70 to Hancock, take Rt. 522 South to Beckley WV, turn right onto Rt. 9 to Paw Paw, (the put-in is from the parking lot on your right just before you cross the bridge), Rt. 9 becomes Rt. 51 when you cross into Maryland. To get to the take-out, use MapQuest to get a map of the roadways and be aware that most of the roads you will use to get to the take out are gravel at best and rough going for parts of the trip. Search for Malcolm Rd in Oldtown, MD 21555 and pick the second option for the map. Using this map source, from the launch site, continue across the Potomac on Rt. 51. Turn right onto Malcolm Rd. (this starts as a paved roadway, but becomes a gravel road and all roads from here to the take-out are gravel with conditions from fair to rough), turn right onto Oldtown Orleans Rd., turn right onto Mertens Ave SE (on my last trip the Mertens Ave. road sign was missing, but this is an obvious crossroad approximately 2.3 miles from the intersection of Malcolm and Oldtown Orleans Rd.), turn right onto Bonds Landing Rd. (on the TOPO map, this road is called Kasecamp Rd), this is a rough road with two stream crossings that should not be undertaken if there is high running water, watch for the right turn to continue on Bonds Landing Rd to the river. Directions to put-in: Reverse direction back to public boat launch on the left side of the road just after you cross the Potomac at Paw Paw. Allow 45 minutes drive time each way. Lunch: 1 Market Street American Grill, 1 Market Street, Berkley Springs WV 25411, 800-822-6630. Follow Rt. 9 back into Berkley Springs, turn right onto Rt. 522, restaurant will be on the right.

Paw Paw, WV 25434, Canoeing the Potomac, Bonds Landing Rd. to Little Orleans - Trip 0500, C&O Miles 140-150, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || Paw Paw Gage || TOPO Map || This 10-mile, 3 hour, Class 0-1, -15 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side of the river at the end of Bonds Landing Rd to a take-out on the Maryland side at Little Orleans. Put-in parking is near the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park near the take-out at Fifteenmile Creek Riverside Park. Navigation map: page 32, map 5, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to take-out: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, to I-70 to Hancock and I-68, to exit 68 onto Orleans Rd., NE, turn left at intersection with High Germany Rd., SE., proceed under bridge to Fifteenmile Creek Park and take-out. Directions to put-in: Again, I recommend using MapQuest to get the maps to the put-in at Bonds Landing Rd. Do your search for Little Orleans, MD and zoom all the way in, this map will also help you get to the take-out, but as you leave the canal area, go back under the bridge, turn left at the intersection with Orleans Rd., SE, turn right at the intersection with Appel Rd., SE., onto Oldtown Orleans Rd., SE., this will become a rough gravel road, continue on this road (despite a fantastic overlook, Carroll Rd is not recommended unless you are prepared to go up and down a very rough, narrow road that will double your travel time), to left onto Mertens Ave., SE., turn right onto Bonds Landing Rd. (on the TOPO map, this road is called Kasecamp Rd), this is a rough road with two stream crossings that should not be undertaken if there is high running water, watch for the right turn to continue on Bonds Landing Rd to the river. Lunch: Bill's Place, 12716 High Germany Rd., Little Orleans, MD 21766, 301-478-2701. It is the only restaurant in town, but the food has been excellent. Bill also runs a canoe livery and shuttle. B&B: Little Orleans Lodge, 12814 Appel Rd, Little Orleans, MD 21766, 301-478-2102. http://www.littleorleanslodge.com.

Little Orleans MD 21766, Canoeing the Potomac, Little Orleans to Cohill Station - Trip 0600, C&O Miles 130-140, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || Note: This is recommended as the best trip for beginners because of its scenery and for the number of level 1 rapids. Plus for those who do not own canoes, Bill's canoe livery and shuttle is very convenient for this trip or the one from Bonds Landing to Little Orleans. This 10-11 mile, 3 hour, Class 0-1, -35 feet, trip begins with a put-in at Little Orleans; it is mostly flat-water from here down to a take-out at Cohill Station. Put-in parking is near the launch area in Fifteenmile Creek Riverside Park. Shuttle vehicles can park near the launch area at the state access area just off RT 9. Navigation map: page 32, map 5, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to the take-out: Use MapQuest and search for Cohill, MD. Take I-270 to I-70 west, merge onto I-68 westbound past Hancock, to exit 77 turning left to cross back over I-68 and left again onto RT 144. Turn right onto Willow Road and stay on Willow Road going under the old railroad where the road changes names to Deneen Road. The parking area is on the left where the road turns to the right and parallels the river. Look for the small bridge crossing the canal and the path down to the take-out. I'd suggest walking down to the river to familiarize yourself with this take-out and perhaps use some marking tape so that it can be recognized from the river. Also, notice that this take out is on the Maryland side of the river and that there is an island at this point of the river. People miss this take-out because they take the right fork of the river instead of the left fork. Directions to the put-in: You have two choices; the scenic route via Deneen Road if you can handle a single lane road with little to no room for passing oncoming traffic or, the safer route back to RT 144 and onto Orleans Road. Via Deneen Rd: continue along Deneen Road to a right onto Pearre Road (street signs may be absent). Pearre Road is a narrow single lane of traffic roadway that wraps along a cliff overlooking Great Cacapon and winding through the forest before intersecting with Woodmont Road where it once again becomes a navigable road. Stay on Pearre Road which will become Ziegler Road at the fork in the road (again street signs may be absent). Turn left onto High Germany Road SE, follow it to Little Orleans (there will be a sharp right turn where the roadway goes under a bridge and into Little Orleans). However, instead of turning right, go straight ahead and into Fifteenmile Creek Riverside Park and to the launch area in the park. Via Orleans Road: reverse direction back out to a left onto RT 144. Proceed to a left onto Orleans Road, to a left onto High Germany Road, SE, past Bill's place, under the bridge, turn right into the park and onto the launch area. Lunch: Bill's Place, 12716 High Germany Rd., Little Orleans, MD 21766, 301-478-2701. We've usually done this trip as an afternoon trip and we've started by having lunch at Bill's. Otherwise, pick one of the restaurants in Hancock. When you leave the take-out, proceed back to RT 144 via Willow Road. Turn right onto RT 144 and take it into Hancock.

Hancock MD 21750, Canoeing the Potomac, Cohill Station to Hancock - Trip 0700, C&O Miles 120-130, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 6-7 mile, 2 hour, Class 0-1, -25 feet, trip begins with a put-in at Cohill Station with a take-out from the launch area on the Maryland side at the mouth of Little Tonoloway Creek in Hancock. Put-in parking is near the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park near the launch area in the public lot off of Canal Street. Navigation map: page 32, map 5, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to the take-out: take I-270 to I-70 west, take exit 3 for Hancock and merge onto Rt. 144 into Hancock, turn left on Canal Street, cross the canal into the park and to the parking lot. Directions to the put-in: Back to RT 144 and turn left following RT 144 out of town. Turn left onto Willow Road and stay on Willow Road going under the old railroad where the road changes names to Deneen Road. The parking area is on the left where the road turns to the right and parallels the river. Look for the small bridge crossing the canal and the path down to the put-in. Lunch: Weaver’s Restaurant, 77 W Main St, Hancock MD 21750, 301-678-6346. It is close enough that you could walk. Exit from parking lot back to Rt. 144 (Main St), turn right, the restaurant will be on the right.

Hancock MD 21750, Canoeing the Potomac, Hancock to McCoy's Ferry Rd - Trip 0800, C&O Miles 110-120, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 14 mile, 4 hour, Class 0-1, -48 feet, trip begins with a put-in from the launch area on the Maryland side at the mouth of Little Tonoloway Creek in Hancock; take-out on the Maryland side at McCoy’s Ferry Rd. Put-in parking is near the launch area in the public lot off of Canal Street. Shuttle vehicles can park in the lot at McCoy’s Ferry Rd. Navigation map: page 34, map 6, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to the take-out: Take I-270 to I-70 west, take exit 12 and get on RT 56 headed to Big Pool. Go past the entrance to Fort Frederick State Park and turn right onto McCoys Ferry Road. Follow the sign and turn right (before the railroad bridge) into C&O Canal park. The take out will be on the right as you enter the park. Directions to put-in: Back out to RT 56, turn left and go back to I-70 westbound. Take exit 3 (left exit) for Hancock and merge onto Rt. 144 into Hancock, turn left on Canal Street to parking lot. Lunch: Park-N-Dine Restaurant, 189 E Main St., Hancock MD 21750, 301-678-5242. Exit from parking lot back to Rt. 144 (Main St), turn right restaurant will be on the right.

Williamsport, MD 21795, Canoeing the Potomac, Note: I may split this trip into two sections with a take-out and put-in at or near Dam Number 5. McCoy's Ferry Rd to Williamsport - Trip 0900, C&O Miles 100-110, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 14 mile, 3 hour, Class 0-1, -0 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side at McCoy’s Ferry Rd, it is mostly flat-water from here down to a take-out and portage on the Maryland side to get around Dam 5, and then onto the final take out on the Maryland side at the town park in Williamsport. Put-in parking is near the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park in the lot at the town park. Navigation map: page 34, map 6, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to take-out: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, follow signs to I-70 towards Hagerstown, take I-81 south towards Winchester, take exit 2 onto Rt. 11 south (Potomac St.) into Williamsport, follow signs to National Park Service Visitors Center.

Williamsport, MD 21795, Canoeing the Potomac, Williamsport to Spring Dell Rd (Mapquest) - Trip 1000, C&O Miles 90-100, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 11 mile, 3 hour, Class 0-1, -25 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side at the town park at Williamsport; it is mostly flat-water from here down to a take-out on the Maryland side at Spring Dell Rd. There is a quarter mile carry from the take-out parking to the very primitive take-out and it is very difficult to see from the river. Because of additional flood damage along the river near Avis Mill, this is the current terminus of the towpath detour. Detour signs were visible. Nevertheless, access to the river starts at a locked Park Service gate on a roadway that looks like it is going into a small farm. Follow the road down between the barn and the stone house to the towpath, turn left onto the towpath and there will be a small stream on the right. The primitive take-out is at the end of the stream (visible from the towpath). Depending on water levels, this will be a very muddy take-out with a steep carry up to the towpath and back to your vehicle. A wheeled canoe cradle is recommended (available at Dick's Sporting Goods $99-$69). Put-in parking is near the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park on the shoulder of Spring Dell Road, but observe the no parking signs.  Navigation map: page 34, map 6, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to the take-out: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, follow signs to I70 towards Hagerstown, take exit 28 onto RT 632 south, through Downsville (the road name becomes Dam Number Four Rd), turn right onto Dellinger Rd., turn left onto Neck Rd., turh left onto Spring Dell Rd., see above for description of towpath access. Directions to put-in: Spring Dell Rd. to right onto Neck Rd., to right onto Falling Waters Rd., to left onto RT. 63 Spielman Rd., to left onto RT. 68 (RTs 63 and 69 merge), into Williamsport to left onto Rt. 11 south (Potomac St.), follow signs to National Park Service Visitors Center. Lunch: CC’s Pizzeria, 2 Potomac St, Williamsport, MD 21795, 301-223-1930. From the Visitors Center, proceed back up Potomac St. to the traffic light. The restaurant will be on the right just past the traffic light.

Williamsport, MD 21795, Canoeing the Potomac, Spring Dell Rd (Mapquest) to Taylors Landing Rd. - Trip 1100, C&O Miles 80-90, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 8.7 mile, 2-3 hour, Class 0-1, - trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side at the end of Spring Dell Rd.; it is mostly flat-water from here down to a take-out on the Maryland side at Taylor’s Landing boat launch. There is a quarter mile carry from the put-in parking to the very primitive put-in and it is very difficult to see from the river. Because of additional flood damage along the river near Avis Mill, this is the current terminus of the towpath detour. Detour signs were visible. Nevertheless, access to the river starts at a locked Park Service gate on a roadway that looks like it is going into a small farm. Follow the road down between the barn and the stone house to the towpath, turn left onto the towpath and there will be a small stream on the right. The primitive put-in is at the end of the stream (visible from the towpath). Depending on water levels, this will be a very muddy put-in with a steep bank down to the river. A wheeled canoe cradle is recommended (available at Dick's Sporting Goods $99-$69).  Shuttle vehicles can park in the lot at Taylor’s Landing. Navigation map: page 36, map 7, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions to take-out: From I-495 (Washington Beltway), take I-270 to I-70 west, to exti 29 onto RT. 65 south, to right onto Taylors Landing Rd. (if you come to Antietam Battlefield, you've gone too far), follow roadway to river and to take-out parking). Directions to put-in: Taylors Landing Road to left onto RT. 65, to left onto Bakersville Rd., to left onto RT. 63 Spielman Rd., to left onto Dam Number Four Rd., to right onto Dellinger Rd., to left onto Neck Rd., to left onto Spring Dell Rd, see info above for description of put-in parking,Lunch: Pack your own to eat along the way.

Sharpsburg, MD 21782, Canoeing the Potomac, Taylors Landing to Antietam Creek Aqueduct - Trip 1200, C&O Miles 70-80, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 11.5 mile, 4-5 hour, Class 0-1, -30 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side at the Taylor’s Landing boat launch, it is mostly flat-water from here down to a take-out on the Maryland side just before Antietam Creek. Put-in parking is near the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park in the Park Service lot at the Aqueduct. Navigation map: page 36, map 7, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions: Take I-270 to I-70 west. Exit 49 onto Alternate Rt. 40 West towards Middletown, continue through Middletown, over South Mountain to Boonsboro, turn left onto Rt. 34 toward Keedysville, past Keedysville turn right onto Keedysville Rd  (Rt. 845), continue on Keedyville Rd to Rt. 65, turn left onto Rt. 65, turn right onto Taylor’s Landing Rd and proceed to river. Lunch: Pack your own to eat along the way.

Sharpsburg, MD 21782, Canoeing the Potomac, Antietam Creek Aqueduct to Harpers Ferry - Trip 1300, C&O Miles 60-70, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 8 mile, 4 hour, Class 1-2 (there are Class 3 rapids, but they are not the preferred route for these trips), -25 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side near the Aqueduct, it is mostly flatwater from here down to a take-out on the Maryland side above Dam 3, portage around Dam 3 and back into the River to the take-out at the top of the run through the rapids at Harpers Ferry. Put-in parking is in the Park Service lots near the launch area. Shuttle vehicles can park along roadway on the Maryland side of the river. Optional take-out on the Virginia side at the Potomac Wayside, but this does not allow for canoe/kayak cart return to put-in. For this option, shuttle vehicles can park in the lot at the Potomac Wayside on the Virginia side of the river. Navigation map: page 36, map 7, in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions: Take I-270 to I-70 west. Exit 49 onto Alternate Rt. 40 West towards Middletown. Continue through Middletown, over South Mountain to Boonsboro. Turn left onto Rt. 34 to Sharpsburg. When you enter town, turn left onto Harpers Ferry Rd. Lunch: Captain Benders, 111 E Main St, Sharpsburg MD 21784, 301-432-5813. Turn left exiting the parking lot onto Harpers Ferry Rd, proceed into Sharpsburg and turn left onto Rt. 34, headed towards Shepherdstown. The restaurant will be a couple of doors down the street on the right in downtown Sharpsburg.

Harpers Ferry WV 25425, Canoeing the Potomac, Harpers Ferry to Point of Rocks - Trip 1400, C&O Miles 61-, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 13-mile, 4-hour, Class 1-2 (there are Class 3 rapids, but they are not the preferred route for these trips), -54 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side along Sandy Hook Rd just before it turns into Harpers Ferry Rd., for these trips, the recommend route is the Virginia side of the river through the Harpers Ferry area, with the take-out on the Maryland side under the RT 15 bridge. After unloading, put-in parking will be along Sandy Hook Rd. Shuttle vehicles can park under the RT 15 bridge. Navigation map: page 50 and 52, maps 11 and 12, in Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett. Directions: Get a map from MapQuest for Point of Rocks MD. Whether you come from Virginia north on Rt. 15 from Leesburg, or from Maryland south on Rt. 15 from Frederick, turn onto Rt. 28 east into Point of Rocks. Take a quick right onto service roadway leading down to C&O canal and boat launch area under the Rt. 15 bridge. Lunch: Cindy Dee Restaurant, 19112 Keep Tryst Rd, Knoxville, MD 21758, 301-695-8181. Exit back the same way you came, the restaurant will be on the right just before you get to Rt. 340.

Point of Rocks MD 21777, Canoeing the Potomac, Point of Rocks to Dickerson Warm Water Take-out - Trip 1500, C&O Miles 40-48, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 8.5 mile, 3 hour, Class 0-1, -3 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side under the RT 15 bridge with take-out on the Maryland side at the Dickerson Warm Water access downstream from the power plant. This take-out will be difficult to spot from the water, best bet is to mark a tree or some other object with orange safety tape that can be seen as you come downstream. Put-in parking is near the launch area under the RT 15 bridge. Shuttle vehicles can park in lot at the Dickerson Warm Water access area. Navigation map: page 54, map 13, in Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett; and, page 40, map 9 in Maryland and Delaware Canoe Trails, by Edward Gertler. Directions: Get a map from MapQuest for Point of Rocks MD. Whether you come from Virginia north on Rt. 15 from Leesburg, or from Maryland south on Rt. 15 from Frederick, turn onto Rt. 28 east into Point of Rocks. Take a quick right onto service roadway leading down to C&O canal and boat launch area under the Rt. 15 bridge. Lunch: Aroma House, 1595 Bowis Dr, Point of Rocks, MD 21777, 301-874-8100. Exiting from the parking area turn right onto Rt .28. The restaurant will be on the left in a small shopping center about a mile down the road.

Dickerson MD 20871, Canoeing the Potomac, Monacacy River to Whites Ferry Rd. - Trip 1600, C&O Miles 30-40, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 7 mile, 3 hour, Class 0-1, -8 feet, trip begins with a Monacacy River put-in on the Maryland side of the Potomac with take-out on the Maryland side at Whites Ferry. Put-in parking is at the lot for the Mouth of the Monacacy Road off of MD RT 28. Shuttle vehicles can park in lot at Whites Ferry. Navigation map: page 54, map 13, in Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett. Directions: From I-495 take I-270 towards Frederick, take exit 6B onto Rt. 28 (W Montgomery Ave) westbound. Follow Rt. 28 through Dickerson and turn left onto Mouth of Monocacy Rd., follow it to the end and to an unimproved parking area for access to the canal and to the Monocacy River. Lunch: Fuddruckers, 12111 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg MD 20878, 301-869-6010. From the parking area, head out to Rt. 28 southbound, the restaurant will be on the left just after crossing Quince Orchard Rd.

Poolesville MD 20837, Canoeing the Potomac, Whites Ferry to Violets Lock - Trip 1700, C&O Miles 20-30, , Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 14-mile, 4-hour, Class 0-1, -12 trip begins with a put-in on the Maryland side of the river after a short portage from the parking lot at Whites Ferry. The take-out is on the Maryland side well before the dam at Violet’s Lock. Put-in parking is in lot at White’s Ferry. Shuttle vehicles can park at Violet’s Lock parking lot. Navigation map: page 56, map 14, in Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett. Directions: From I-270 exit onto RT 28 at West Montgomery Ave, to left on RT 107 (Whites Ferry Rd) into Poolesville, and onto Whites Ferry. Lunch: Pack your own to eat along the way.

Potomac MD 20854, Canoeing the Potomac, Violette’s Lock to Great Falls Park - Trip 1800, C&O Miles 20-10, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || This 8-mile, 3-hour, Class 1-2, -25 feet, trip begins with a put-in on the river after a short portage from the Violet’s Lock parking lot. The take-out is on the Maryland side well before the dam at Great Falls with a portage to the C&O canal. Continue down canal to parking lots at Great Falls Park. Put-in parking is Violet’s Lock parking lot. Shuttle vehicles can park in lot at Great Falls Park. Navigation map: page 57, map 15, in Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett. Directions: From I-495 exit onto River Road westbound toward Potomac, go through Potomac and watch for left turn onto Violet’s Lock Rd, park as available. Lunch: El Mexicano, 10050 Darnestown Rd, Rockville MD 20850, 301-838-7466. Exit Violette’s Lock Rd turning right onto River Rd, turn left onto Travilah Rd, turn right onto Darnestown Rd, and right into shopping center, restaurant is in shopping center.

Potomac MD 20854, Canoeing the Potomac, Great Falls Park to Georgetown – Trip 1900, C&O Miles 10-0, Self/Group guided canoe trip. || TOPO Map || Because portions of the river in this section are too dangerous for paddling, parts of this trip will be done on the C&O Canal. The 15-mile, 4-5 hour, Class 1-2 (there are Class 3 rapids, but they are not the preferred route for these trips), -75 feet,  trip begins with a portage to the sandy beach put-in at Great Falls Park on the Maryland side of the river, a take-out on the Maryland side with a portage to the C&O before Brookmont Dam above Little Falls, the C&O to Fletcher’s Boat House, a portage back to the river, and final take-out on the DC side at Thompson Boat Center ($3 ramp fee). Put-in parking is in one of the lots across River Road from the Old Anglers Inn with short portage down to the river. Shuttle vehicles can park along K street under the Whitehurst Freeway. For take-out loading, the most convenient parking is a metered lot near the Thompson Boat house. Navigation map: maps 16 and 17, in Virginia Whitewater by H. Roger Corbett. Directions: From I-495 exit onto River Road westbound toward Potomac, in Potomac turn left onto Falls Rd, at the “T” with MacArthur Blvd, turn right into the entrance to Great Falls Park. Lunch: Hunters Inn, 10123 River Rd, Potomac MD 20854, 301-299-9300. Turn left exiting the park onto Falls Rd and proceed to Potomac, turn right onto River Rd, restaurant will be on the left, but you will need to backtrack by turning left at next light and then a hard left into parking lot.