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Ben Cardin Trail C and D canal, MD

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Distance Round Trip 4.02 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6 feet
Elevation Gain 43 feet
Accumulated Gain 43 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.24
Interest Perennial Creek
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2  2020-11-23 KingLeonidas
Author KingLeonidas
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Routes 46
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Trips 116 map ( 617 miles )
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Sep
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Sun  4:57am - 7:22pm
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Nice walking trail along the canal
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Intro
The Ben Cardin Trail is the first part of the Chesapeake and Delaware canal trail that runs from Chesapeake City to the Delaware Bay. The trail covers 14.3 miles (one way) all told and is divided into segments named after local people of note. The trail connects to several other trails and features in the following order (from west to east); South Lums Pond entrance, St. Georges Bridge Trailhead, and Biddle Point Trailhead. The Maryland side of the trail is named the Ben Cardin Trail. After crossing into Delaware ~1.8 miles from Chesapeake City, the name changes to Michael Castle Trail.


Logistics/Getting there
The trailhead is easy to access being in the middle of Chesapeake City right next to Schaefer's Canal House. There is no parking lot at the trailhead, but there is readily available street parking in the area. Many trail users are locals who walk or bike to the trailhead, so there is little demand for public street parking.

Trail Conditions
The trail is more of a walking path. It is paved and has picnic benches at regular intervals. The first portion of the course passes behind a neighborhood area before going into a wetlands sort of area. The trail is popular with joggers and cyclists getting their daily workout in. There are a few piers at intervals to provide fishing opportunities.

General Comments and Musings
The trail runs along the canal side, and boats occasionally pass by, providing a change in scenery. This would be an excellent spot to do a long bike ride or possibly a fall leaves-changing-color sort of hike.

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2020-11-25 KingLeonidas
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    From Chesapeake City
    Head to Schaefer's Canal House, the trailhead is right next to it. There is no parking lot at the trailhead but there is readily available street parking in the area.
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