Oldtown, Maryland is just one of many small towns along the river, but Oldtown has something most other small, riverside towns don’t. A bridge for crossing the river. But this is no ordinary bridge, friends. It’s an old, one-lane, wooden-decked bridge without railings.
The fee to cross this privately-owned toll bridge is 25 cents for motorcycles or 50 cents for cars each way. As the sign warns, it only operates during periods of low water.
The C & O Canal runs between Oldtown and the Potomac. It’s a great place for a picnic, as long as you bring your own food and drink. I haven’t managed to find any store that I would even want to mention as being “closest” as I fear the closest one is probably more than 10 miles away. And once you’ve gone that far, you might as well find some other cool spot for a picnic. Unless you don’t mind the extra out-and-back.
There are no picnic tables here. Not as far as I can remember, anyway. So, although it's a pleasant little spot, you'll have to sit on the ground.
Oldtown is just one of many picturesque spots along the canal that make great leg-stretching points. It's not a great potty stop, however. The only facility available is a spot-a-pot, and those are almost never pleasant experiences.