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C&O Canal officials issue towpath warning

June 20, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

Officials with the C&O Canal National Historical Park have issued a warning to hikers and especially bikers to use extra caution when using the towpath because of recent heavy rains and standing water.

A specific towpath advisory has been directed for the one-mile stretch between McMahon's Mill and Lock 41 of the towpath in Washington County.

That section has been severely damaged by rain and high levels of water and will remain closed until conditions improve, said Kathy Sholl, public affairs assistant with the C&O Canal.

McCoy's Ferry Campground, near the town of Clear Spring, will remain closed for approximately two weeks due to severe wet conditions in the campground, Sholl said.

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While most of the 1841/2-mile long towpath running from Georgetown to Cumberland remains open, conditions on many sections range from muddy to wet and slippery, Sholl said.

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