The Abandoned at C & O Locks 8-10

My family has been to Great Falls, probably the most visited site along the C&O Canal, countless times. Just over a week ago, we hiked along a lesser visited portion of the canal from locks eight to ten.

The lockhouses still stand at the canal’s side, abandoned. (except for four, which have been furnished to allow people to partake in overnight stays)

Machinery for lock opening and who knows what sits atop century old structures. The wood at some locks is still in “usable shape,” but at others, there’s quite a bit of decay.