Brunswick Heritage Museum
40 West Potomac Street
For over 30 years, the Brunswick Heritage Museum has preserved the history of Brunswick. Known during the Civil War as Berlin, this small town along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was incorporated as Brunswick in 1890. That same year, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad began construction of the 5 mile rail yard that would reshape Brunswick into a company town with a population of over 5000. read more…
The Brunswick Family Campground is located between the Potomac River and the C&O Canal at Brunswick, MD, near Harpers Ferry, WV. This full service RV and tent campground right on the river has over 100 scenic campsites. The campground is conveniently located only 1 hour from the Washington DC and Baltimore beltways. www.potomacrivercampground.com
Hiking to Weverton Cliffs from Brunswick
From the Lock 30 parking lot at Brunswick follow the C&O Canal towpath/Appalachian Trail west along the C&O Canal to Lock 31. At Lock 31 the two trails separate, and continue along the Appalachian Trail as it heads north along Keep Tryst Road and under US 340. Continue to follow the trail alongside Weverton Cliffs Rd, across Weverton Rd, and up the steep ascent to Weverton Cliffs, where you will want to spend time enjoying the view of the Potomac River. After the break, retrace your steps to Lock 30. Food and drink are available in downtown Brunswick just a short walk from the towpath. Free, easy access parking for the hike is also available in the MARC train parking lot.
This is an 8.6-mile hike, easy difficulty, and should take about 3 hours, plus time for a short break. Most of the hike is flat, easy going along the C&O Canal towpath. The 850-foot ascent up Weverton Cliffs is steep, with several switchbacks, but not overly difficult.
C&O Canal National Historical Park Visitor Center
The canal visitor center/railroad museum is open Thursday 10:00-2:00 Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00, and Sunday 1:00-4:00. Hours change seasonally. Please call ahead for hours of operation.
The Brunswick Visitor Center shares the building with the Brunswick Heritage Museum. For over a century Brunswick has been a railroad town. In 1890 the B&O Railroad moved its yard here from Martinsburg. The railroad yard was a “classification yard,” it was used for switching cars to different lines. The Brunswick yard was the longest yard owned by a single company, it was seven miles long. This once bustling company town is now a quiet place since the decline of the railroads. The remains of the rail yard are still visible from the canal towpath.
Visit www.nps.gov for more information.