Directions to the River Center at Lock 8 and Fletcher's Cove


Directions to the River Center at Lock 8, Cabin John, MD

7906 Riverside Drive, Cabin John, Maryland, 20818
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From I-495 Beltway: (Southbound from I-270 - Maryland)

  • Take exit for Clara Barton Pkwy west toward Carderock.
  • At first right, exit Pkwy at Carderock Picnic area and Naval Surface Warfare Center.
  • Turn left at top of exit and cross over Clara Barton Pkwy.
  • Turn left again and reenter Clara Barton Pkwy eastbound.
  • Follow Clara Barton Pkwy east under Beltway.
  • Parking is available in either parking area for Lock 10 (first lot) or Lock 8 (second lot).

From I-495 Beltway: (Northbound from I-66 - Virginia)

  • Take exit for Clara Barton Parkway (first exit in MD across the Potomac River)
  • Follow Exit branch Eastbound (toward Cabin John, Glen Echo)
  • Get into right hand lane immediately once on Parkway
  • Parking is available in either parking area for Lock 10 (first lot) or Lock 8 (second lot).

From Washington, DC

  • Follow Canal St. west from Georgetown toward Cabin John, MD
  • Continue on Canal St. past Chain Bridge.
  • Canal St. becomes Clara Barton Parkway and as it continues west.
  • Pass the exit for Cabin John and pass under I-495 (the Beltway)
  • At first right past the Beltway, exit Pkwy at Carderock Picnic area and Naval Surface Warfare Center
  • Turn left at top of exit and cross over Clara Barton Pkwy.
  • Turn left again and reenter Clara Barton Pkwy eastbound.
  • Follow Clara Barton Pkwy east under Beltway
  • Parking is available in either parking area for Lock 10 (first lot) or Lock 8 (second lot)

Directions from Lock 10 parking area to Lock 8

  • From parking lot follow foot trail over canal to C&O Canal towpath.
  • Once on the C&O Canal (gravel path) turn left and walk down river (toward DC)
  • After about 1/3 of a mile look for a white stone building on your left hand side. That is Lock 8

Directions from Lock 8 parking area to Lock 8

  • From parking lot follow foot trail down hill toward C&O Canal and river.
  • Lock 8 is the white stone building at the bottom of the hill.

Directions for Lock 8 to Minnie's Island

  • From Lockhouse cross over canal on wooden foot bridge, turn left and follow C&O Canal towpath downstream (toward DC)
  • Look for wooden staircase on right hand side of canal and Potomac Conservancy signs.
  • Wait for boat transport to Minnie's Island (note: transportation is only offered when there is a scheduled event on the island)
  • Minnie's is approximately 1 mile downstream from Lock 8 (about 2 mile from Lock 10)

4940 Canal Road, NW, Washington, D.C. 20007 
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Fletcher's Boat House is located 2 miles North of Key Bridge and 1 mile South of Chain Bridge, at the intersection of Reservoir Road and Canal Road. You will know you have reached the entrance to Fletcher's when you see the Abner Cloud House, an old stone building, which is adjacent to the canal.

From 495, take the Glen Echo exit. You will be on the Clara Barton Parkway. Follow the Clara Barton Parkway until it becomes Canal Road at Chain Bridge. Continue on Canal Road until the entrance of Fletcher's at Canal and Reservoir.

From 66 East, take the Rosslyn exit to Key Bridge. Take a left onto Canal Road after crossing over Key Bridge. Bear left at Foxhall to stay on Canal Road, and continue onward until the entrance of Fletcher's at Canal and Reservoir.