CANCELED: Monthly Campout: Swains Lock Hiker/Biker Campsite

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StartSaturday, September 23, 2023 12:00 pm
EndSunday, September 24, 2023 12:00 pm


Swains Lock Hiker/Bike Campsite
This site is walk-in, bike-in, and drive-in friendly! There aren't any nearby Metro stations, but you can rideshare or carpool in.

Swains Lock is just past mile marker 16.



We're heading to Swains Lock Hiker/Biker Campsite for a weekend of chill times and cooler temperatures! Maybe even a Paw Paw foraging walk and visit to Great Falls?

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be advised that I will no longer be providing food, water, or snacks for these campouts, so be prepared to feed and hydrate yourselves for the weekend! Firewood, however, will still be provided!

This campground has portable toilets and a water pump. You will need a method to purify and filter this water before using it to cook or drink.

No reservations are required for this campsite, so it tends to be popular. As such, we may be looking at a fuller campground and may end up making some more friends!

You can find out more about Swains Lock here:

Interested in getting there by bike? There will be a no-drop bikepacking trip out to the site starting at High Road Cycling in Georgetown (3210 Grace St NW Suite 100, Washington, DC 20007).

Rollout time is still TBD!

We'll hop on to the C&O Towpath and take a super leisurely 17-ish mile ride to the campground. Be prepared to be in the saddle for around 1.5 hours (including breaks).

All bikepackers are expected to ride with a helmet, bring along a flat kit, lights, a lock, and other essentials, and have some familiarity with riding in a group and signalling.

If you are interested but don't have bikepacking experience, reach out to Jun asap, and preferably at least a few days in advance, at directly and we'll get you set up.

We'll ride back to Georgetown in the morning, with a rollout of around noon.

Interested in volunteering with Mappy Hour? Or know somebody who would make a great Mappy Hour speaker? Let us know!

Event refund policy

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