Stairway Rehab for Carderock and Gold Mine Loop
The volunteer and Student Conservation Association programs will undertake some trail maintenance for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP.
A set of steps at Carderock will be removed and the hillside returned to its original state. These steps have fallen to disrepair. The steps connected the towpath with the Carderock access road, adjacent to the underpass. This was evaluated as a very dangerous situation that warranted the removal of the steps in this location. Visitor access to the towpath can follow the service access road, located in the same area.
The access point to the Gold Mine Loop near the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center will be repaired to provide better erosion control. The work will include addressing of existing water bars, drainage slope adjustments, and replacement of trail dressing materials.
Work will be completed by Fall 2006.
The park's Interdisciplinary Team reviewed the project for impacts to natural and cultural resources. The project does not pose any serious or long-term effects to the environmental, historical, cultural, archeological, or visual resources. It meets categorical exclusion #C.3 – Routine maintenance and repairs to non-historic structures, facilities, utilities, grounds, and trails.
For further information about this project, please contact Trail Coordinator, at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740.