Hello Level Walkers! If you aren’t attending the Heritage Hike but are looking for something to do on the canal this weekend, consider one of these fine activities hosted by National Park Service rangers in the Williamsport area. Thanks! – LWC
Fall is a wonderful time to discover the wonders of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal). Join rangers for special talks, walks, a bike tour and a sing-along on Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28.
Friday, October 27 – Williamsport Visitor Center, 205 West Potomac Street, Williamsport, Md.
10:30–11:30 a.m. – Ranger talk on the “Art of Interpreting Natural and Cultural Resources.”
Noon – One-mile round-trip hike to historic Lockhouse 44. Learn about C&O Canal history, lockhouses and how locks work.
2:00–3:00 p.m. – Canal music lesson and sing-along.
Saturday, October 28 – Four Locks Boat Ramp, Clear Spring, Md.
11:00 a.m.–noon – Ranger-led half mile walk on “Rediscover the Community of Four Locks.” Learn about how canal operations supported this once-vibrant community.
1:00–3:30 p.m. – Ranger led five-mile round-trip bike ride to Dam 5. Discuss the clever engineers who used 19th-century marvels to navigate both the river and canal.
Pack a lunch to eat in the picnic grounds between the walk and bike ride!
Four Locks Boat Ramp is located in Clear Springs, Md. It can be reached by turning onto Four Locks Road from Maryland Route 56, driving 0.6 miles, and then bearing right onto Starliper Road to the boat ramp parking lot.
For more information about any of these programs, call the C&O Canal Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.
Above – Locks 49 and 50, Level 42, October 17, 2014
Below – Lock 44, Level 37, May 6, 2017