. . . navigated on the C&O Canal. In between the Potomac's tumbling torrent and the city's hustling bustle flows perhaps the most serene straightaway around. The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, once a busy trade route, is now plied mainly by fitness fanatics. But it doesn't have to be a workout. Rent a canoe and paddle along with the countless painted turtles or, even better, simply float along among the herons and hawks.
The canal's placid waters are the perfect spot for beginners to pick up a paddle.
(2002 File Photo/Susan Biddle -- The Washington Post)
Fletcher's Boat House
4940 Canal Rd. NW. For details, call 202-244-0461 or go to www.fletchersboathouse.com.
Two miles north of Falls and River roads, in Great Falls. For more information, call 301-299-9006.
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