6/14/14- Towpath breach at MM 106, just below Dam #5. Towpath Detour in place (this detour does not leave park property). Please be aware of possible towpath hazards due to heavy rains.
Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed
Purslane Run, Stickpile, Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campgrounds and Paw Paw Campground water pump handles have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be installed 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. Please call the Visitor Center for more info: 301-767-3714. More »
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.
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?
A mule is a hybrid animal, a mix of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack). Remember, "M" for mom, "M" for mare and "D" for dad, "D" for donkey. Switching the parents will produce a hinny. The mule is the superior work animal, preferred by canal boat captains on the C&O Canal. More...