Little Pool


Mile 119.8 - Little Pool, companion to Big Pool starts.  The Western Maryland Rail Trail joins with the canal via this rocky staircase and wooden bridge.  There's a plaque on the trail that reads:

Little Pool was part of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal which connected Cumberland with Georgetown and ran parallel to the Potomac River.  The principal cargo hauled on the canal heading east was coal.  Westbound boats hauled various cargoes such as furniture, produce and fertilizer.  The canal operated until the flood of 1924 forced its abandonment.

Little Pool is nearly one mile long and was formed by transferring the towpath from the mainland to an island in the Potomac River.  A stop gate was located at the lower end of Little Pool so that it did not have to be drained during winter.

The afore-mentioned stop gate.