NEW Overnight parking system
Before parking a vehicle overnight in any Canal Parking area, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Print your reciept and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center. More »
Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed
Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island, Jordan Junction and Big Woods Hiker Biker Campsites have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.
Boat Tours at Great Falls
Due to low water levels in the Great Falls area, call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714) in advance of your trip to confirm the mule-drawn boat tour schedule.
Parking Lot Closure
CSX is now beginning a phase of their bridge project that requires the closure of the Lock 74 parking lot for approximatly 18 months. Access to visitor parking near Lock 75 is now re-opened with a gravel parking lot at the site.
Brunswick Visitor Center
40 West Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD 21716 (301-834-7100).
The Canal Visitor Center and Brunswick Heritage Museum are open Thursday and Friday 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00, and Sunday 1:00-4:00. Hours change seasonally. Please call ahead for hours of operation.
The Brunswick Visitor Center shares the building with the Brunswick Railroad Museum. For over a century Brunswick has been a railroad town. In 1890 the B&O Railroad moved its yard here from Martinsburg. The railroad yard was a "classification yard," it was used for switching cars to different lines. The Brunswick yard was the longest yard owned by a single company, it was seven miles long. This once bustling company town is now a quiet place since the decline of the railroads. The remains of the rail yard are still visible from the canal towpath. There is an admission charge for this secation of the museum.
From the East: Take I-270 north to 70 west toward Hagerstown. Merge onto US-340 west via exit 52 toward Charlestown/Leesburg. Take the MD-17/Burkettsville Road exit toward Brunswick. Turn left onto MD-17/Burkettsville Road and pass through one roundabout. Turn right onto MD-17/MD-79/Petersville Road. At B Street, turn left. Take B Street to North Maryland Avenue and turn right. Turn left onto West Potomac Street and follow to visitor center.
From the West: Take I-70 east via exit 82 B toward Hagerstown. Merge onto US-340 west via exit 52 A toward Charlestown. Take the MD-17 south exit toward Brunswick. Turn left onto MD-17/Burkittsville Road. Pass through one roundabout. Turn right onto MD-17/MD-79/Petersville Road. Turn left onto West B Street. Turn right onto North Maryland Avenue. Turn left onto West Potomac Street to visitor center.
Did You Know?
Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe. More...