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Along the C&O Canal (Washington, DC)

One of the most remarkable and beautiful treasures in the Maryland and Washington, DC area is the old 130-mile-long C&O Canal and its accompanying towpath. Built in the early 19th century as a shipping and transportation lane linking the nation's capitol to still-frontier towns and farms of western Maryland, the canal begins in downtown Washington, DC; straddles the Potomac River through Great Falls, Maryland; and ends at Cumberland, Maryland. No longer in use for sending people and goods back and forth, the canal and its towpath is a major tourist attraction and a favorite source of enjoyment for bikers, hikers, canoers, kayakers, campers, history buffs, and --of course-- photographers. All photos were taken with Olympus C-4040Z/C-5050Z and Canon 10-D digital cameras.

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Westward bound along the canal; Carderock, Maryland near the Washington, DC line
Westward bound along the canal; Carderock, Maryland near the Washington, DC line
A view of the Potomac River from the towpath, near Carderock
A view of the Potomac River from the towpath, near Carderock
Another view of the Potomac River, approaching the Great Falls area.
Another view of the Potomac River, approaching the Great Falls area.
An old footpath bridge at a cove in the canal
An old footpath bridge at a cove in the canal
One of the many walking and biking bridges along the towpath
One of the many walking and biking bridges along the towpath
A bridge over the canal leading to a parking area alongside a nearby road
A bridge over the canal leading to a parking area alongside a nearby road
A canal lock
A canal lock
An old canal sightseeing barge
An old canal sightseeing barge
Some sections of the towpath are quite rocky....
Some sections of the towpath are quite rocky....
....requiring cyclists to carry their bikes to the next ridable section of the towpath
....requiring cyclists to carry their bikes to the next ridable section of the towpath
A cyclist arrives at the end of one of the towpath's  rocky sections
A cyclist arrives at the end of one of the towpath's rocky sections
An older canal wall, probably dating back to the building of the canal
An older canal wall, probably dating back to the building of the canal
A fawn forages for food in the woods along the canal
A fawn forages for food in the woods along the canal
ducks sleep by the canal
ducks sleep by the canal
Canadian geese on the tow path
Canadian geese on the tow path
Kayakers enjoy an early evening ride on the canal
Kayakers enjoy an early evening ride on the canal