A favorite place to take the WooFPAK mushing! The canal is 184.5 miles long! The National Park Service is preserving America’s early transportation history. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it serves as a pathway to discover historical, natural and recreational treasures!
National Parks Service Website to learn more about the C&O Canal
Please check out the videos the WooFDriver and his crew have made while Mushing the C&O Canal Towpath!
On January 9, 2013 the WooFDriver mushed the WooFPAK on the eastern most section of the C&O Canal Towpath in Georgetown, Washington D.C.. Now located in northwest D.C., Georgetown was founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, predating the City of Washington 40 years. The C&O Canal provided an economic boost for Georgetown in the 1820’s and 1830’s as an important shipping center for tobacco and other goods.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Georgetown’s history
Also, enjoy the video footage from the Mush!
The WooFDriver and PAK have Mushed the C&O Canal Towpath several times in the area of Great Falls at milepost 14.3, but the view never gets old! From 1785 to 1828 the Patowmack Canal Company constructed and operated here, but when the company went bankrupt in 1828, they turned over their assets to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. What is now the visitors center, the Great Falls Tavern hotel was built by the canal company and opened in 1831.
Great Falls Historical Society’s Website to learn more about Great Falls
National Parks Service Website another resource to learn more about the area
Enjoy these videos from the Mushing Adventures around the Great Falls area!
On January 2, 2013 the WooFDriver and his crew took the PAK on a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Violettes Lock by mile marker 22.1. Violettes Lock also known as Lock 23 was built in 1830 out of Seneca Red Sandstone in Montgomery County, Maryland. It could take 2 1/2-10 minutes for each boat to get through a lock going either direction on the canal, but the average was 3 minutes per boat.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to read more about Lock 23
Wikipedia’s Webpage to read about all the lock construction on the C&O Canal
Video footage from the Mush!
On December 13, 2013 the WooFDriver took the PAK for a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of Edwards Ferry. Located at milepost 30.8 Edwards Ferry is home to Lockhouse 25 which was built in 1830. The lockkeeper and his family had a front row seat to the Civil War as this location was a major crossing for both the Union and Confederate troops going to battle.
Canal Trust Website to learn more about this area
Here is video footage from the Edwards Ferry section of the C&O Canal!
WooFDriver has taken the WooFPAK on a couple Mushing Tours in the area of Whites Ferry along the C&O Canal Towpath at mile marker 35.5. Whites Ferry is the only ferry service still in use on the Potomac River. The ferry uses a cable system under the water that carries vehicles, pedestrians and bikes across the river. It began operation in 1817 and was known at the time as Conrads Ferry.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about the Ferry
Canal Trust Website another resource to learn more about the C&O Canal
Please enjoy these videos from the Mushing Tours!
On October 10, 2013 the WooFPAK went on a Midnight Musher Tour of the C&O Canal Towpath in the area of the Monocacy Aqueduct at mile 42.2. The aqueduct is the largest on the canal measuring 438 feet long. It was the target of several attacks during the American Civil War, but the hard stone construction, mainly of large quartzite stone blocks, made it impossible for the soldiers to drill enough holes to place explosives in the structure.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to read more
Please enjoy the video footage from Mushing in this area on the Towpath!
On December 7, 2012 the WooFDriver and his crew took the WooFPAK on a Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal at milepost 48.2 in the area of Point of Rocks. In 1828 the narrow passage between the rocks provoked a legal battle between the canal and railroad companies over who would have control of the narrow passage. Both the C&O Canal Company and the B&O Railroad compromised and a wall was built between the two so the trains would not scare the mules that pulled the canal boats.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more
Here is video footage of the Mushing Tour in this area!
The WooFDriver has mushed the WooFPAK several times in the area of Harpers Ferry, milepost 60.8 on the C&O Canal Towpath. Harpers Ferry is named after the Quaker colonist Robert Harper, who was given the patent for the 125 acre parcel of land in 1734. In 1761 he established the ferry that crossed the Potomac River and two years large the Virginia General Assembly established the town of “Shenandoah Falls at Mr. Harper’s Ferry”.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Harpers Ferry
Enjoy these videos from Mushing in the Harpers Ferry area of the Towpath!
On September 22, 2014 the WooFDriver and his crew took the WooFPAK on an exciting Midnight Mushing Tour of the C&O Canal in the area of Lock 33. At milepost 60.8, Lockhouse 33 played an important role in John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry. John Cook worked here to gather information on the state’s armory prior to the attack. This raid in 1859 was an attempt to start an armed slave revolt but was defeated by the U.S. Marines.