Calamari to go
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Falls Church, VA
Bikes: Trek 750
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Amtrak runs to Cumberland, but because they don't have baggage handler at the station they won't let you unload a bike there. Pittsburgh is the only station along the trails that will, and the train from DC gets there late night.
How about leaving your car around DC and do a one-way rental to Cumberland. I've heard that there is a Budget rental office not too far from the trail head.
For leaving a car, National Airport long-term lot, or ask around the Mid-Atlantic forum.
Someone may let you leave your car in a place where it can be watched.
The National Park Service does C&O rides from time to time where they bus the riders and truck the bikes. I think that once you get up there you can go self-paced or stay with the group. Check the NPS website, either Great Falls or Georgetown office.