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.