June 24th Volunteers-In-Parks Speaker Series

Hello Level Walkers – the following notification is from the National Park Service. Karen Gray’s talks are insightful and informative, and well worth attending. Contact Kelsey Smith, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator, at kelsey_smith@nps.gov for more information or to RSVP.  – LWC

Join Karen Gray, PhD, librarian and longtime volunteer for the park; on Saturday, June 24th at 2 pm in the Great Falls Tavern. She will have an exciting one-hour presentation which will reveal the latest research and how it has changed our understanding of the canal’s operation and history–and to do so in a way that explains the continuing value of the myths and stories that have grown up along the canal, and that so many of us believed to be the truth for so long.

The program is free, but there is an entrance fee to the park of $10.00 per single vehicle. Space is limited to the first 25 guests. If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP with your name and how many will be in your party. The address is 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac, MD 20854.

Photo – Charles F. Mercer, Lock 20 and Great Falls Tavern, April 15, 2017 – Level 6 

Paw Paw Tunnel Closure


This is short and sweet, but info you should have if you plan to visit Western Maryland.

I mentioned in an earlier blog that the Paw Paw Tunnel is closing for a while. I received word today that it is closing on June 2. This closure is important; it is so the National Park Service can conduct the Paw Paw Rock Slope Remediation project, which benefits both the integrity of the towpath and towpath user safety. 

All thru-traffic will use the bypass trail (Tunnel Hill trail) for the duration of the project. Currently the contractor is projecting that the project should be completed around the end of September 2017.

I will send you updates as they are available!

Switching hats to the Editor hat – the June Along the Towpath is nearly finished!  There’s lots of great stuff in it, so be sure to take a look when it shows up in mid-June.

Photo – Paw Paw Tunnel in existing light, May 31, 2013 – Level 58