Mile 140.8 - Bill's Place in Little Orleans, MD

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This beautiful section is probably the most geographically remote along the entire canal. The rugged mountain terrain provides wonderful scenic vistas, but really limits access points. The only "town" in this section is Little Orleans, which is basically just four or five buildings.

The main hangout spot in Little Orleans is Bill's Place, a combination general store and pub. Be sure to drop in and perhaps pin a dollar bill to the ceiling. If you need lodging, check out the new Little Orleans Lodge, located just outside of town. There are many Hiker/Biker campsites in this section. Fifteen Mile Creek Recreation Area (at Little Orleans) also provides drive in campsites.

This section always seems to be much more "buggier" than the rest of the canal, so make sure you have lots of repellent!

Note: This area is about a 1-¾ hour drive from the Washington Beltway.

Access Points: From Maryland I-68

Mile 130.0: Cohill, MD Mile 140.8: Little Orleans, MD

Towpath Map - Mile 130 thru 150

MileNameInfo Food Water Campsite/Restrooms Lodging Access Point
129.8 Leopards Mill H/B (map) Hiker/Biker campsite. 0.9 miles from vehicle access at mile 130.7XX
130.0 Happy Hills Campground (map) 301.678.7760: Private Campground - Full Service RV and Tent Camping (200 Sites). Cabins and Horse Stables available. 12617 Seavolt RdX
130.7 Cohill, MD Access from Route 144 via Willow RoadX
133.6 Cacapon Junction H/B (map) Remote Hiker/Biker campsite - No vehicle access.XX
136.3 Western Maryland Rail Trail (map) Western trailhead at Lock 56 in Pearre, MD. This paved trail runs parallel to towpath for next 21 miles
136.6 Sideling Hill Creek Aqueduct
139.2 Indigo Neck H/B (map) Hiker/Biker campsite. 1.6 miles from vehicle access at mile 140.8XX
140.8 Town Hill Hotel B&B (map) 877.696.2794: Located on top of Town Hill Mt providing beautiful vistas. About 8 miles from Little Orleans. A shuttle service is available, with multiple pickup points. But for extra credit, bike the 1,300 foot climb yourself!X
140.8 Bill's Place (map) 301.478.2701: This bar is a longtime favorite stop along the towpath. However, hours have been irregular this season. Grill closes at 8pm.X
140.8 Fifteen Mile Creek Recreation Area (map) Fee Area: $10 to $20. A Drive-in site with RV and tent sites (Primitive Facilities - No RV Hookups). Free parking available alongside railroad embankment.XXX
140.8 Little Orleans Campground (map) 301.478-2325: Private Campground - RV and tent sites 1/4 mile from the towpath. Showers, pool, camp store.XX
140.8 Little Orleans Lodge (map) 301.478.2102: We always seem to receive "comments" about this place (take that as you will). About 1/2 mile from towpath on Appel Road. The room accommodations are nice, but suggest you avoid the breakfast due to persistent unsanitary kitchen issues.X
140.9 Fifteen Mile Creek Aqueduct
140.9 Buck Valley Ranch (map) 717.294.3759: Offers a free shuttle to and from the towpath. Includes dinner, breakfast and a packed lunch.X
144.0 Long Pond 7 mile hiking trail to Green Ridge State Forest Visitor Center
144.5 Devil's Alley H/B (map) Remote Hiker/Biker campsite. No vehicle access.XX
149.4 Stickpile Hill H/B (map) Remote Hiker/Biker campsite. Rough access point 0.6 miles away at Mile 150XX
150.0 Bonds Landing Rustic access point from Kasecamp Road. Four wheel drive may be required.X