The scenery is particularly fine everywhere along this 22-mile round trip
From Sycamore Landing, this trail leads to White's Ferry at the Potomac River on the C&O Canal Towpath. From the ferry, you return via River Road in Montgomery County's rustic farmland.
The scenery is particularly fine everywhere along this 22-mile round trip. You will be biking in hilly terrain after River Road.
This trail has three viewpoints. Use Google Maps or other app to navigate to each viewpoint. Click on Send to Device in the left top corner of the map (see below) to upload the trail to a smartphone.
Viewpoint 1: Sycamore Landing to White's Ferry
Sycamore Landing is a small kayak / canoe access point off River Road near Potomac, MD. It is 1.7 miles from the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, on River Road Poolesville, MD.
From the parking lot at Sycamore Landing, enter White's Ferry in Google Maps as your destination. Follow the C&O towpath until you reach the ferry. Make sure to use the biking direction setting for Google Maps or any other app on your smartphone.
There are several camping grounds along this section of the C&O Canal where you can picnic, BBQ and use facilities. The gravel road becomes smoother after Lock 25 as the C&O Trust's Towpath Resurfacing Project completed Mile 30.8 (Edward's Ferry) to Mile 35.5 (White's Ferry) in 2019.
Viewpoint 2: White's Ferry to River Road
The route through the Montgomery Agricultural Preserve on River Road is a seldom-traveled road of packed-gravel that is like the towpath.
From White’s Ferry, follow biking directions to 23300 River Road, home of River Road Honey. They have a product stand at the entrance to their driveway based on a honor system.
Historic White's Ferry carries passengers between Maryland and Virginia since the 1770's
The ferry is the last of 100 ferries that used to operate on the Potomac River. The ferry connects Whites Ferry Road in Montgomery County, Maryland with Whites Ferry Road in Loudoun County, Virginia.
Viewpoint 3: Sycamore Landing via Westerly Ave
From River Road, follow biking directions to Westerly Ave, Poolesville, followed by directions to Sycamore Landing. The smooth and wide asphalt roads are in hilly terrain and are perfect for e-biking.
A summary of trail characteristics
Comfort stations are available along the C&O Canal Towpath and at White's Ferry. There are no restrooms available during the last 11 miles of the trail and the starting and end points of the trail.
Which E-bikes Are Allowed on this Route?*
Class I e-bike
CLASS II E-BIKE
CLASS III E-BIKE
Capital Crescent Trail in DC
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Other Roads - Asphalt
What Members Say About this Trail
Below is a summary of the pros and sometimes cons of this trail
Pros of the Trail
Cons of the Trail
E-Biking from Sycamore Landing to White's Ferry is a wonderful experience. Explore the C&O Canal Towpath and the Montgomery Agricultural Preserve on a seldom-traveled road of packed-gravel that’s like towpath surfaces.
Have a great lunch at White's Ferry Shop and Grill or picnic at campsites along the towpath with its Eastern Painted Turtles. Pick up some delicious honey from the road stand on River Road.
We are grateful to David Winer, Chair of the Friday Biking Group, for his suggestion to bike in this area.