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SKI ON THE TOWPATH
FOR CROSS-COUNTRY SKI enthusiasts, a decent snowfall
can transform the towpath along the C&O Canal into a perfect
venue for an outdoor adventure. It’s convenient, ;at and
secluded, and compared with concrete sidewalks, the snow
lasts longer packed down on the dirt trail. It can be a peaceful
escape, surrounded by whiteness and the special quiet that
comes with a thick layer of snow on the ground.
If you are among the ;rst out, you can carve your own
tracks as you glide along, the canal on one side and the
Potomac River on the other. There are 184½ miles of the
towpath to explore, with a better chance of ;nding adequate
snow as you reach higher elevations near Cumberland,
Maryland. Motorized vehicles are banned, and with the
exception of the occasional hiker, you’ll likely have the path
pretty much to yourself. Locally, the best places to park are
off of MacArthur Boulevard in Carderock or near Old Angler’s
Inn in Potomac.