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C&O Canal

Industrial past meets modern urban oasis

The historic C&O Canal and its towpath run 184.5 miles into Cumberland, Md.–the first mile of which is through Georgetown. Today, this serene urban oasis south of M Street is a popular running spot for runners and cyclists, and the perfect picnic area for residents, office employees, and weekend visitors who prefer to sit, stay awhile, and even spot some wildlife.

Along the C&O Canal’s side streets, including Grace Street and Thomas Jefferson, you’ll find some of the best bakeries, coffee and tacos in town, as well as recreational opportunities, architectural gems, and remnants of the neighborhood’s industrial history.

C&O Canal Revitalization

Georgetown’s one-mile section of the C&O Canal is currently undergoing a multi-year revitalization and reactivation, led by Georgetown Heritage and the National Park Service, with support from the Georgetown BID and DC Office of Planning. In addition to education and interpretation programming along the Canal and its adjoining plazas, a new Georgetown Canal boat will return in 2020–offering fun and education tours to school groups and tourists.

Visit the Georgetown Heritage website for more on this project.

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