C&O Canal Bike Loaner Program

Bringing Miles of Smiles to the C&O Canal Towpath

November 20, 2016

The bikes are sleeping

We have come to the end of another great season for the Bike Loaner Program. Over the last several months we lent out the bikes to thousands of happy visitors who returned from their explorations with smiles on their faces.

All the bikes have seen an end of season maintenance and been put to rest until next Spring.

Enjoy your holidays and come take a hike in the park to see its splendor in all seasons.

October 14, 2016

Last Weekend for Boat Rides

This weekend, October 15 & 16 is the last weekend for rides this year on the mule drawn canal boat at the Great Falls Visitors’ Center. Come ride the boat and then ride a bike, the weekend should be great! The bike loaner program expects to be in operation until the weather gets colder. Please check our Facebook page to find out our operational status.

May 26, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend 2016

Perhaps we spoke to soon about the weather. Monday could be wet again. Please check our Facebook page for the most up to date information on our status (http://www.facebook.com/bikeloanerprogram).

Unlike the past several weekends, the weather forecast is calling for sunny warm days for the Memorial Day Holiday. We will be open all three days of the holiday. Come down to the park and enjoy a bicycle ride on the towpath. We are open 10 – 4. You can borrow a bike for free for up to 2 hours, depending on what time you borrow your bike.

April 19, 2016

Were you there?

This past weekend (April 16 and 17), 186 visitors to the park took advantage of the Bike Loaner Program to get out and see the canal on two wheels. The weather was great and we are off to a great season. Come join us next weekend!

April 12, 2016

The weather forecast is calling for great biking weather!

It looks like the weekend (16,17 April) will be fantastic. Come ride away the post tax day blues and enjoy the towpath!

April 08, 2016

So much for Spring!

With a call for rain and snow for Saturday, April 9th, we have decided to not operate the program. We will decide Sunday morning if the weather has cooperated enough to allow opening.

March 28, 2016

A Great Start!

It was a bit on the cool side this weekend, but lots of folks came to the park to celebrate Spring. We had over 180 visitors enjoy riding along the towpath. What a great way to start the 2016 bike loaner program season. Please come join us soon.

March 21, 2016

2016 Opening Weekend just days away!


We are looking forward to seeing you at the Bike Loaner Program this Saturday or Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Help welcome in Spring with a nice bike ride along the canal.

March 12, 2016

Are you ready to roll?

Spring is approaching, and so is the opening of the Bike Loaner Program at the Great Falls Tavern. We anticipate opening for the weekend of March 26-27, weather permitting. This is the same weekend that mule drawn boat rides will begin on the Mercer. Why not enjoy all the activities the park has to offer?

February 20, 2016

Feeling like Spring?

The weather today has us all excited to get the program started for the season, but not quite yet. However, the bikes are all tuned up and Ric has been working hard to have them ready for our grand opening for the season. Stay tuned for opening date information.