Where the Potomac River makes a huge U-shaped turn is the appropriately named Horseshoe Bend Campsite. Like other hiker/biker overnight stops, travelers can expect to find a portable toilet, picnic table, grill and a water source. Free stays at the campsite are limited to one night.
Downstream from the campsite about a third of a mile is the remains of Lock 40, heavily damaged by Jubal Early’s Confederate raids of 1864. During the same raids, Early’s troops also burned about 60 Canal boats. The Lock was built with blue-gray limestone quarried on the other side of the river about a mile and a half away.
Please Note: Potable water may not be available at each campsite. Water is treated with iodine. Please plan to have water purification tablets with you. Water is turned off from November 15 to April 15 each year.