• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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 »

For Kids

Jr Rangers

Welcome to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park! Join a park ranger for special children's programs scheduled throughout the year. Visit our online Junior Ranger Activity Book to learn more about programs in the park. You may also contact any of the six park visitor centers for ranger programs or special events.


Hey Kids! Did you know that 60 minutes of active and vigorous play outdoors keeps your body healthy? Junior Rangers across America are becoming Let's Move Outside Junior Rangers by staying active in their local national parks.

Ride a bike, take a walk, jog, or walk a dog along the towpath to help keep in shape. Click here for a fun Let's Move Outside activity!


For more fun, check out the Web Rangers website.

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C&O Canal has two brand new TRACK Trails at Williamsport. Explore the outdoors with fun scavenger hunts. For more information go to our TRACK Trails page.

Did You Know?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

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.