Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed
Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.
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.
Boat Rides at Great Falls
Regularly scheduled tour times for the mule-drawn canal boat at Great Falls have changed. In July and August 2014 tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00. More »
Be A Junior Ranger
Hi, kids! Welcome to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. We know that's a mouthful, so just call it the C&O Canal for short.
We are glad you want to become a Junior Ranger. Rangers want to protect plants, wildlife (like turtles and birds) and keep our water clean. Junior Rangers also want to protect historic features so those who come after us can also enjoy them.
The C&O Canal is a historical treasure filled with many wonderful resources. We hope you will explore this national park and unlock the treasures that are waiting to be discovered. You can learn about nature, geology, history and man-made structures by using this booklet as a guide.
Junior Rangers are special people because they have decided to take an active role in the National Park Service Mission, "to preserve and protect our natural, cultural and recreational resources for this and future generations."
Did You Know?
There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.