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Make your way to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park for a motorhome camping trip this summer. Located very close to Cumberland in the state of Maryland, the park also extends into neighboring Washington, DC. Going by the name, the park was established to preserve the remains of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, also referred to as the ‘Grand Old Ditch,’ along with many of its original structures. Set up in 1961 as a National Monument, the canal and trail extend alongside the Potomac River for a distance of over 184 miles.
Renting an RV is a great way of moving around the park, and you’ll find a range of affordable RV rentals in Allegany County. Not too far from the park is the city of Hagerstown that you could also check out on your RV rental vacation. While you’re at the park, you will have several recreational opportunities to look forward to in the form of hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, boating, bird watching, and even rock climbing in certain areas in the park. Camping at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park also gives you access to a diverse landscape with over 1500 species of plants and interesting geological formations.
RV camping at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a delight for anglers. Fishing is sought-after at many of the access points to Potomac River. A valid fishing license is required, and you can look forward to fish species like bluegill, sunfish, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and carp.
Certain parts of the Potomac River and canal permit boating, and you’re free to launch your kayaks and canoes from boat launch ramps. Electric motorized boats are only allowed in Big Pool, Little Pool, and from Lock 68 to Town Creek Aqueduct, but keep in mind that no gasoline or propane motorized boats are permitted.
Hike through several trails when you’re camping with an RV at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. In addition to the towpath, popular trails at the park include the Tunnel Hill Trail near the Paw Paw Tunnel, the Ferry Hill Trail near Sharpsburg, and a long trail that goes by the Great Falls.
Biking is permitted along several designated pathways in the park, including the canal towpath, Capital Crescent Trail, Western Maryland Rail Trail, and Berma Road.
Sign up for a ranger-led program at the Great Falls Tavern Center. There are several activities and programs conducted at the visitor center, highlighting different aspects of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Park your RV rental at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park to enjoy easy access to the park’s many recreational offerings. Be prepared though, the campground here is very basic with minimal amenities. The Spring Gap Campground has 12 campsites, vault toilets, central water spigot, and permits tent camping.
Whether you plan to rough it out in a tent or rent a camper near Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, there are several campsites in the vicinity. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp Resort in Williamsport has over 200 campsites; amenities include pull-thru sites, big rig access, tent camping, full hookups, 20, 30, and 50 amp electric service, sewer, water, central water spigot, dump station, cable television, WiFi, and cell phone coverage. There are restrooms, shower stalls, laundry facilities, camp store, a designated pet area for your furry friends, and a café. Kids will have a blast splashing about in the swimming pool and running around in the playground.
Allegany County campers have a lot to discover in the areas around Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. The city of Cumberland is an hour’s drive from the park and worth a visit when you’re traveling through the area. As the county seat of Allegany County, Cumberland has lots to offer in terms of recreation.
Drive-in your Allegany County camper rental to Rocky Gap State Park, where you can spend a day amid scenic natural surroundings. The beautiful Lake Habeeb is a major attraction at the park where you have access to boating, fishing, and swimming.
Stop by at the Cumberland Visitor Center that also houses the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park Museum, located on the second floor of the visitor center. The museum has fun exhibits and displays highlighting the history of the park.
Sliding Hill Overlook and Rest Area are located off I-86, and from here enjoy a scenic walk across a walking bridge that goes over the highway; take in stunning views of the surrounding hills and rock structures from this bridge.
Enjoy a historic rail ride on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Operating between Cumberland and Frostburg, visitors can make the most of a scenic train ride on board a steam or diesel locomotive.
Enjoy a variety of dining options while you’re in Cumberland. From multi-cuisine restaurants to bakeries, pizzerias to burger joints, fine dining to family-owned eateries, you have plenty of choices when it comes to eating out.
Pick up supplies for the road from a local convenience store and fill up your rental RV at a gas station before you hit the road to your next travel destination.