• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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.

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?

Monocacy Aqueduct along C&O Canal.

Aqueducts are water filled bridges. Aqueducts carried the canal and boat traffic over major waterways, like rivers. Of the 11 aqueducts built along the canal, the Monocacy Aqueduct is the longest at 516 feet, its seven arches constructed mainly of stone quarried from nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. More...