Thinking of staying a little closer to home this summer? Spending time on the, C&O Canal towpath in the Heart of Maryland and beyond might be just the ticket. Its gentle grade is ideal for walkers and cyclists of all abilities; at every bend there is a surprising view of the Potomac River; forested bluffs offer solitude; the aqueducts and locks are marvels of engineering and beauty; and birdsong fills the air. An added benefit in these times is the towpath’s width — even in crowded areas it is easy to keep your distance. The website of the C&O Canal Trust, an HMCA partner, offers ideas for excursions suited to every interest. Be sure to check the park’s website for information on parking closures related Covid-19 or bridge detours. If you’re already a C&O aficionado, consider a donation to the Trust!