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Bike Rentals

Some folks might prefer to rent a bicycle for the trip. (instead of lugging bikes through various airports!) Here are some options:

Bike Rentals along the Towpath
0.1 Thompson's Boat Center (map) 202.333.9543: Bicycle rentals (day trips only) - located about a two blocks south of the towpath trail head, right on the river shore, at the corner of Rock Creek Pkwy and Virginia Ave.
3.1 Fletcher's Cove 202.244.0461: Snack Bar. Single-speed bike and boat rentals. Nice area for a picnic. Parking available.
30.8 Bob's Bikes (map) 301.349.2453: Full service bike shop located about 5 miles from the trail. 19961 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD.
35.7 Bicycle Outfitters (map) 703.777.6126: Full service bike shop serving Northern VA for 20 years. Closed Sunday. 34-D Catoctin Circle SE
54.0 Brunswick Family Campground (map) 301.834.9950: Private Campground - Showers. Located between towpath and river. Appears to be VERY popular with RVs, but expect railroad noise. Cabin and Bicycle Rentals also available.
55.0 Three Points Cycle (map) 301.834.7199: Full Service bicycle shop. Located just 150 yards from the towpath. 5 West Potomac St, Brunswick, MD 21716
58.0 River & Trail Outfitters (map) 888.446.7529 : Bike Rentals and other recreation services
60.7 River Riders 800.326.7238: Harpers Ferry, WV - half day bike rentals for $25. Also offers multiday tour packages
60.7 The Outfitter At Harpers Ferry (map) 304.535.2296: General Store location (near railroad station) offers bicycle rentals and basic bike parts (such as tubes). Full service hiking equipment on block up the hill.
72.8 Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle (map) 304.876.3000: Full service bicycle repair shop, including bicycle parts and rentals. Open most days by noon. 115 W. German Street
124.4 C&O Bicycle (map) 301.678.6665: Hancock, MD - Full Service Bike Shop, right next to the towpath on Penn Ave. Also offers overnight bunk house. Open 8am to 6pm daily, April thru October. Reduced hours in late fall. Closed Christmas until April.
184.5 Cumberland Trail Connection (map) 301-777-8724: Full Service Bike Shop located just off the trail. Many rental options. 14 Howard Street.