Saturday, March 18, 2006

Praether's Neck

Four Locks Road to McCoys Ferry

Start Mile: 109
End Mile: 110.2
Time: 1 Hour
When: Morning 3/18/06

Directions: From Williamsport, take MD 68 to MD 56. Make a left on MD 56 and follow it to Four Locks Road. There are several one-lane bridges on MD 56. Follow Four Locks Road to the signs for the boat ramp. There are several one-lane tunnels on Four Locks Road. There is parking at the boat ramp.

I got up early so we could get in a couple miles before Buck had to go to obedience training. Yesterday's walk at Four Locks left me excited for more so I thought we would start there and head west to McCoys Ferry.

It is easy to forget that mules were the main power source for the canals. As a reminder, a mule barn stands at Four Locks.

We started the walk at Lock 50. There is still a small waiting shed at the lock.

It was a cool but sunny day. There was plenty of wildlife around us but it was hard to get a good look. The number of wild turkeys on this stretch is unbelievable.

As the canal joins the river, there is a small channel. I assume this was how water was directed back to the canal.

At about a quarter mile from marker 109, the river meets back up with the canal.

This is the remains of a stone culvert.

According to Mike High, North Mountain Campsite actually looks out on North Mountain and behind it on the other side of the canal is Fairview Mountain. I always thought North Mountain was the ridge running toward McCoys Ferry.

There is a stop lock before McCoys Ferry. It is being slowly consumed by nature.

McCoys Ferry was notable as the launching point for J.E.B. Stuart's raid into Pennsylvania. Now it is a recreation area with a boat launch and a camping area.

It never fails that a freight train is running along the old Western MD Railroad tracks. The train was gone before we made it to the bridge just beyond McCoy's Ferry.

On the way out we took a look around this old building that sits off of Four Locks Road. I have no idea what it was used for but as usual, I like to look at old buildings.


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