January 16th...so I'm playing ahead with this #Project365 post...
I've passed this place many times on the way into Virginia and have always wanted to look closer at what appeared to be a very historic, but still used area. So this day, I was determined to take some time to walk through this area even if for a short time.
From where I parked, it was a short walk to the banks of the Potomac along a canal towpath. The banks were not gradual at all and offered a fairly short but steep slide into the river...so I stayed a fair distance from the edge. I was able to find this small clearing to set my tripod just far enough away from the edge so I would not feel like I'd be watching anything disappear into the depths of the river!
This from one side, followed by a rather short walk across what was once the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, to the rail beds and tunnel of what was once the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at Point Of Rocks (now operated by CSX). The boards posted along the towpath told the story of the fierce competition between the canal and railroad. They included pictures showing the single track of rails disappearing around the bend from about the same perspective before the tunnel was built...along with three men perched ten to fifteen feet up on the side of the rocky hill where the tunnel is now.
I stopped again on my return trip home...but that will be for another post.