BG C & O Canal - 72

Two bicyclists ride along the C&O Canal into Brunswick.

The city of Brunswick joined other area organizations donating to Canal Towns Partnership for a shuttle service that will help cyclists and hikers get to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park after rain washed out a bridge on the towpath.

Brunswick will donate $1,000 for the shuttle, helping Canal Towns Partnership exceed its original funding goal for the shuttle. With the additional funds, the outdoors company will be able to expand the number of shuttle trips, Councilman Vaughn Ripley said at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Ripley originally proposed that Brunswick donate $500 for the shuttle service. Councilman Andrew St. John requested that it be increased.

The free shuttle service can take up to 10 people with 10 bicycles. It will travel at least twice a day from Point of Rocks and twice a day from Brunswick.

Canal Towns Partnership is a group of nine communities that surround the C&O Canal. It works in conjunction with the National Park Service, Ripley said. The group aimed to raise $4,000 to offer a free shuttle for seven weekends. Outdoors company River and Trails would provide the shuttle for $140 a day.

So far, Canal Towns Partnership has received $4,700 from the Greater Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce, Brunswick Area Recreation Council, Brunswick Main Street, Visit Frederick, the town of Hancock and the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Brunswick will raise that to $5,700 with its donation of $1,000.

The shuttle will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So far, the proposed weekends are:

  • May 24 to 26.
  • May 31 to June 2.
  • June 7 to 9.
  • June 14 to 16.
  • June 21 to 23.
  • June 28 to 30.
  • July 4 to 7.

The shuttle service may expand the number of trips or weekends now that it has more funding.

The shuttle will leave Brunswick and head to Point of Rocks at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The shuttle will leave Point of Rocks and drive to Brunswick at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the shuttle departs.

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Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at

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