River Zero miles from Hancock.
For boating, canoeing, rafting, tubing or fishing, it's a wonderful
resource that's getting better and better. Get great access to
Potomac at the Hancock public boat ramp.
Little Pool and Big Pool. Both are wide water sections of the C&O
Canal. A boat ramp is avaliable at Big Pool in Fort
Frederick State Park where boats and canoes may be rented. (Only
14 miles from Hancock.) Little Pool
is between Hancock and Big Pool (just six
miles from Hancock), where there is parking lot access off
of I-70. Bring your boats and fishing tackle, but leave your gas
powered engines at home.
small stream boating and canoeing, check out Licking Creek (7
miles alway) or Sideling Hill Creek part of Sideling Hill
Wildlife Management Area (12
miles away). There is a boat ramp on Licking Creek at Camp
Harding County Park. Check the Sideling
Hill Public Lands link for information about Sideling
Hill Creek. Both of these creeks join the Potomac River.
If you like lake boating, there's Blair Valley Lake in the Indian
Springs Wildlife Management Area (20 miles
from Hancock), or the large lake at Rocky
Gap State Park (31 miles from Hancock).