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@Tom Tee posted:

Mike,  Is that a Rails to Trails on the far side of the canal in the mid right edge of your photos?

Yes.  The C&O Canal path trail is down the steps, right in first picture, under the bridges, defined by the beautiful cut stone walls pictured. There are bike racks under the bridge.  You can secure your bike, before crossing the bridge, to access historic Harper's Ferry.

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I have fond memories of Harper's Ferry.  Went there as kid on a family trip to the east coast.  Can't remember how many of us seven kids made the trip in the wood sided station wagon, but we did visit Harper's Ferry.  That spot is cool.  The old town, and you can amble around if you are a kid with ambition.  I made my two little brothers walk half way across one of the bridges as a dare.  Walking on the ties, just waiting for a train to come bursting through the tunnel forcing us to jump off into the river below.  Just had to do it.   

We walked down to a rocky beach area at the confluence of the two rivers.  With the way way the rivers came together there, the current, and the combination of the perfect skipping stones, I broke the Guinness book of world records twice, topping out at 21 skips.  The record at that time was 16.  Ok, you don't go on a family trip with five kids in a station wagon from Chicago to Maryland without that book handy.  I still consider it a gyp my two stupid little brothers were the only witnesses.   

Thanks for shaking up that memory.  Made me smile.  That was a fun place to visit back in my feckled youth.



   

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@Mike CT posted:

Yes.  The C&O Canal path trail is down the steps, right in first picture, under the bridges, defined by the beautiful cut stone walls pictured. There are bike racks under the bridge.  You can secure your bike, before crossing the bridge, to access historic Harper's Ferry.

Too bad they don't have some cut outs in that fence to shoot photographs through.  Big enough for a lens but not a human.

My visit was prob circa 1973.  There wasn't any guard rails back then.  We just walked right out on the ties and I can distinctly remember now the trusses for the trestle bridge on our sides and above our heads and nothing else but the raging river below.  We got halfway across.  Times have changed.  I don't think you could get away with that today, prob get electrocuted by the looks of it.

Cheers,       W1

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