This week’s hike will be at the Blockhouse Point Park in Potomac, Maryland. We will meet in one of the parking areas along Pennyfield Lock Road. The address is: 12100 Pennyfield Lock Rd, Potomac, Maryland 20854. There is no structure associated with this address so the GPS should bring you to the proximity of our meeting point. Drive to the end of the Pennyfield Lock Road and turn left until you see the group. We need to cross the Canal at Pennyfield Lock (Lock 22) to start our hike.
Direction: Follow River Road West from I-495 toward Potomac, Maryland. Pass town of Potomac and Falls Road and continue west to Pennyfield Lock Rd. Turn left (south) on Pennyfield Lock Rd. and follow until it dead ends into the C&O Canal. Turn left and park in an area with the rest of the group.
The hike will be about 8 to 10 miles and will last around 4 to 5 hours. The length and duration information may not be very accurate since this is the first time our group is hiking this trail. Weather forecast calls for a sunny day with highs around 75 degrees.
Please bring water and snack and meet us at 9:00 AM at the starting point. Since this hike may take longer than our normal, you may choose to bring lunch as well.