Mile 42.2 - Ahh, the jewel of the Canal! At 516 feet and with 7
arches, this is the longest of all 11 of the canal's aqueducts. It was formerly
supported with the aid of steel beams (flood damage of course) but a restoration
project was recently completed.
It's difficult to read but at the center of the aqueduct is a commemorative plaque
with the names of those who worked this project.
The stone for the Monocacy Aqueduct was quarried from nearby Sugarloaf Mountain.
In Colonial times, sugar was sold in "loaves", cylindrical mounds with
rounded tops, hence the name. The top of this mountain is 1,280 feet and there
are a number of hiking trails through it, ranging from 1 to 8 miles in length. Visit their website for hiking trails and history.