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THE SCENIC CHESAPEAKE & OHIO Canal National
Historical Park is a special setting in the evening and
at night. Seeing a full moon just before the sun has
fully gone down—whether from a kayak on the water
or from the towpath alongside—can be memorable.
The park closes to the public at sunset, so for a longer
after-dark stay in the park, join a hike with the Capital
Hiking Club (
capitalhikingclub.org), which has a permit
to be in the park at night for its moonlight hikes.
Open to all, the 4-mile hikes usually happen every ;ve
weeks, from March to November, on the Fridays closest
to full moons. This year, because of trail construction,
hundred hikers show up with a ;ashlight to join the kid-
and dog-friendly two-hour trek. After a brief history les-
son, the leader takes hikers on the ;at and fairly easy
towpath until reaching Great Falls, where they follow the
Olmstead Island boardwalk out to watch the cascading
water glow in the moonlight.
The Capital Hiking Club’s moonlight hikes are free
and don’t require a reservation. Meet at the parking lot
across from Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac at 8: 15 p.m.;
the hike is from 8: 30 to 10: 30 p.m.
UNDER A FULL MOON