Outdoor Recreation

Biking and Hiking

The Chesapeake & Ohio National Historic Park canal towpath passes through Brunswick, Cumberland to the west and Washington to the east. Camp along the way or enjoy day trip itineraries. Both hikers and bikers are welcome. Bring your own bike or rent one for the day from River and Trail Outfitters. Wildlife is abundant along the towpath including many species of native birds such as bald eagles and blue herons. Ample free parking is available in Brunswick in the MARC train lot which is just a few hundred feet from the entrance to the park. Downtown Brunswick is bike-friendly with plenty of bike racks, a bike washing station, bike shop, and numerous places to find food, drink, and supplies.

Bypass shuttle info

Click here for important information regarding the washout of Culvert 82 and the Bypass Shuttle information: C&OCanalWashoutBypassShuttle

The Appalachian Trail

Brunswick is a great place to access the Appalachian Trail via the C&O Canal Towpath. Follow the C&O Canal towpath for about four miles from Brunswick heading west and you will find the trail access. Be sure to stop at Weverton Cliffs, after accessing the trail, to admire the stunning view of the Potomac River from high above. For longer hikes, continue on to Harpers Ferry, which is home to the Appalachian Trail Visitors Center. Harpers Ferry is the midpoint of the 2200 mile Appalachian Trail and the Visitors Center houses interesting displays and serves as a resting place for many a “through hiker” in the spring and summer.

River's Edge Trails

A new biking trail currently under construction in Brunswick city limits. The 5 mile trail is partially completed and open to visitors. The trail is cut on a 55 acre wooded, sloping site and promises to be an exciting addition to Brunswick’s growing outdoor recreation opportunities.

Gathland State Park

4 miles from Brunswick- is at the summit of South Mountain and provides an interesting hiking venue to explore the home of “Gath” Townsend , a journalist who built the war correspondents memorial in his backyard. The Appalachian Trail passes through Gathland State Park.

Weverton Cliffs

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.

Fishing, Kayaking, Rafting, and Boating

The Potomac River is Brunswick’s back yard, just steps from the downtown.  Whether boating, canoeing, tubing or fishing, we have it!   A wide variety of fish are native to the Potomac.  The river is full of small and large-mouth bass, catfish, sun perch, wall eye and carp.  Licenses, bait and tackle can be purchased at Brunswick Sports and Apparel on Potomac Street. There are two boat ramps to accommodate boats with trailers and ample parking and restroom facilities at both. Fishing from the bank and wading are allowed as well as from boats with proper licensing. Gas and electric motors are allowed. The river is rocky and at various times the water level is low. Check water level reports to make sure your boating rig can safely navigate the water.

Kayaks, canoes and tubes are available for rent locally. Rentals and shuttles are available from River and Trail Outfitters at the Brunswick Family Campground located ½ mile east of town on the towpath. The campground can be reached by motor vehicle or bike. Special tour trips (including white water rafting, zip lines, kayak and tubing trips and more) can be booked through River & Trail Outfitters. Kayak including an adventure to Brunswick’s Smoketown Brewing Station where you’ll enjoy hand-crafted beer after your trip.

Camping

The Brunswick Family Campgound is located between the Potomac River and the C&O Canal at Brunswick, MD – just minutes away from the historic downtown center of Brunswick. This full service RV and tent campground is right on the river and has over 100 scenic campsites – in 2018 they even added basic cabins! The campground is conveniently located only 1 hour from the Washington DC and Baltimore beltways and is surrounded by three national parks. Kids and adults alike will enjoy visiting Antietam National Park, Harpers Ferry National Park and hiking along sections of the famous Appalachian Trail. Kick back to the scenic views of Short Hill Mountain, the Potomac River, and the great blue herons of Brunswick, Maryland.