By Matt McCleskey
Historic reconstruction work along the C & O canal is causing detours for those who want to walk or jog on parts of the canal towpath.
The historic stop gate winch house on the C & O canal in Great Falls, Maryland was destroyed by flood waters in 1889. Now the National Park Service is reconstructing the winch house. As part of that work, the existing stop gate bridge is to be torn down, and it remains closed while the reconstruction is ongoing. As a result, there's no access from Berma Road to the C & O Canal towpath.
In the meantime, people trying to get to the Widewater area, the Great Falls overlook on the Maryland side, and all sections of the Billy Goat Trail can get to the towpath from the parking areas near Old Anglers Inn. The work is expected to be finished by the end of the year.