New markers to lure bikers, hikers to C&O canal towns

SHARPSBURG, Md. — The installation of historical markers along the communities that line the C&O Canal neared its completion last week with the placement of the sixth one at Snyder’s Landing in Maryland.

The new wayside exhibit invites visitors to bike the mile-and-a-half route into Sharpsburg along Snyder’s Landing Road to explore the town and learn about its history.

Bill Veldran of Charles Town helps Curt Caul, the West District Ranger for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, with the installation of the new wayside marker near Sharpsburg, Md., on the canal towpath.

The exhibits are part of a continuing effort by the Canal Towns Partnership, which was formed three years ago by the nine municipalities that line the canal as part of an economic development initiative to attract visitors.

“The Canal Towns Partnership enhances the beneficial relationship that has always existed between the canal and the communities along its route,” said C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt.

Similar wayside exhibits have been installed along the canal’s towpath near Point of Rocks, Brunswick, Shepherdstown, Williamsport and Hancock. The next marker is slated to be placed at Harpers Ferry.

Recreational use of the canal park has continued to grow because of the number of hikers and bikers utilizing the Great Allegheny Passage from Pittsburgh and the buzz coming from the soon-to-be-finished Big Slackwater repair project, said Tom Riford, president and CEO of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

For more information about the Canal Towns Partnership, visit CanalTowns.org. Information about the C&O Canal Trust can be found at CanalTrust.org.

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