Cumberland in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Explore a Trail Network
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath Cumberland Maryland
— Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service —
Hike and bike from Pittsburgh to the Chesapeake Bay. You are standing on part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. Explore the Potomac River, Chesapeake Bay, and the Allegheny Highlands on this trail network that includes both land and water trails. Discover the Potomac River up close along the C & O Canal towpath. Here in Cumberland you can experience the canal's heyday and a model of the Paw Paw Tunnel at the Cumberland Visitor Center.
C & O Canal
From 1850-1924 towns along the Potomac River like Cumberland, Maryland (above) used the canal to ship goods to market. Today the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath (yellow trail above) make up 184.5 miles of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail system.
Hiking and Biking
Hikers and bikers can follow the Potomac River as its passes historic structures, canal towns, and diverse landscapes.
Kayakers and canoers can follow water trails along the Potomac River where they may see great blue herons, kingfishers, or river otters.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
Various Potomac Heritage Trail Segments
Great Allegheny Passage
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath
Potomac Heritage Trail (George Washington Memorial Parkway)
Fort Circle Parks Trail
Alexandria Heritage Trail
Appalachian National Scenic Trail
Mount Vernon Trail
Northern Neck Heritage Trail Bicycling Route
Southern Maryland Potomac Heritage Trail On-Road Bicycling Route
Other Park Lands
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal marker series.
Location. 39° 38.797′ N, 78° 45.826′ W. Marker is in Cumberland, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker can be reached from Canal Street 0.3 miles west of Wineow Street. Start at the metal arch of the "Shops at Canal Place" and follow the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath for 0.3 miles. The marker is visible after crossing the footbridge. Touch for map Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Home on the Boat—The Captain's Cabin (a few steps from this marker); Irish Laborers (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); C&O Canal Terminus (about 500 feet away); A Canal Boat Replica—The Cumberland (about 500 feet away); Footer's Dye Works (about 700 feet away); Cumberland Terminus: Yesterday and Today (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cumberland Gateway Westward (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Edward Shuck, Jr. (approx. 0.2 miles away in West Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland.
Also see . . .
1. Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 24, 2019.)
2. Cumberland Visitor Center, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 24, 2019.)
3. History & Culture, Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park, National Park Service. (Submitted on September 24, 2019.)
4. Great Allegheny Passage, GAPTrail.org. (Submitted on September 24, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 27, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2019. This page has been viewed 42 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 24, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.