Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - Hancock

TRACK Trail Map - C & O Canal Hancock

The Hancock TRACK Trail is 0.4 miles one way (0.8 miles round trip) from the kiosk to milepost 124. The trail follows the original towpath of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Hancock is an intersection of three historic routes of transportation: canal, rail, and road.

Boats were used on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal for nearly 100 years to transport goods between Washington, D.C. and the mountains of Western Maryland. 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 endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures!

Track an adventure here
C & O Hancock Sticker

Location Details

Recreational Features: Picnic Tables, Birding
Amenities: Restrooms
ADA Compliant:
Interpretive sign along towpath
Rock wall
Metal foot bridge

Adventures for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - Hancock

The Need for Trees brochure

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal: Need for Trees

Trail length:
By following the picture and textual clues found in "The Need for Trees" brochure, you will discover six common trees found along the C&O Canal towpath in Williamsport, Maryland. During your adventure, you will learn about the need we, and other animals, have for trees and about the roles they play in the forest.


5599 Berm Rd
Hancock, MD 21750
Latitude: 39.698351600000
Longitude: -78.182176900000


This trail was made possible by a partnership with the National Park Service.