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Two Trails

Train Wallpapers

Big Pool on the C&O Canal

Big Pool Photo Gallery

Weverton Branch of the B&O

Brunswick Railroad Days

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse Continued

Martinsburg B&O Roundhouse History

Fort Fredericia

Fort Frederick October 23, 2004

Fort Frederick Photo Gallery

Scottish Heritage Day at Fort King George

Plum Orchard February 2007

Darien GA March 2006

Darien Photos March 2006

Kissing Bridges of Frederick County

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. 2005

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill Index Page

Seneca Stone Cutting Mill

Weverton Industrial Village

Weverton Industrial Village - Revisited

Two Trails

LHSA Meeting October 2007

Letchworth State Park

George Eastman House

1st Digital Camera

Chairman Leica Camera

Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi

Bandelier National Monument

St. Marys Kingfish Classic 2007

Blink, and you missed it.  In-attention and its gone!  By bike, foot, or car, the joining of two historic trails is easily missed.

The joining of the Appalachian Trail by the C&O Canal is just a few miles from Gaithersburg.  The C&O Canal is a mere 184 miles; the Appalachian Trail extends from Georgia to Maine -- over 2,100 miles.

Actually, the Trail follows the Canal for about 3 miles, from about 100 yards upstream of Lock 31 (Milepost 58.01) to Harper's Ferry.  The photo on the left is the juncture at Lock 31.

Living close to the C&O Canal, we are familiar with the easy rise and fall of the broad towpath.  While there may be mud puddles and/or larger gravel, it is generally an easy walk or bike ride. 

The Appalachian Trail is a different animal completely. 

Marked by the white, vertical rectangle, the Trail heads North from the Canal across Keep Tryst Road.  This part follows an abandoned railroad spur that once serviced the valley.

After climbing a bit, you go under Highway 340 (notice the white rectangle under the bridge!).  If you look down while you are under the bridge, you will see the remains of an abandoned railroad bridge.

As you walk the Trail, you are very happy that you wore heavier hiking shoes/boots because the Trail is not as gentle as the Canal.  The photo on the bottom right gives you an idea of the twisting path of the Trail. Please note again the white, vertical rectangle that marks the trail. 

You can either join the Trail at Weverton, or on the Canal.  To get to a parking/pickup place at Weverton, go on Highway 340 West to Highway 67 (Boonesboro); take your first right on Weverton Road; there is a parking spot just off the road on your right.  The Trail can be picked up on the eastern side of the parking area.

For more information, you can go to the following web sites:

Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC)

and the National Park Service C&O Canal


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