• 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 »

Bus Scholarship

A yellow school bus is parked in front of the Trolley Barn at Williamsport, Maryland

Transportation scholarships are available

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The park, the C&O Canal Trust, the C&O Canal Association, and the National Park Foundation are proud to support a transportation scholarship program. The program ensures that all students have an opportunity to learn about and explore the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Washington County Public School 4th grade teachers, the C&O Canal Association generously donated the cost of your buses to Williamsport for the 2013-2014 school year. You do not need to complete this transportation scholarship form request.

Download the Transportation Scholarship Application Form (PDF)


  • Public, private, and charter schools.
  • Students may be pre-kindergarten through grade 12. University and colleges are not eligible.
  • Field trips must take place within the boundary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and students must participate in curriculum-based (Canal Classrooms) programs or Bridging the Watershed (BTW) programs. Independent Teacher-led field trips are not eligible for funding.
  • Schools will be required to complete pre-visit activities and/or post-visit activities to receive funding.
  • Schools will be required to send a thank you letter, addressed to partner organizations (more details provided upon confirmation of funding).
  • Funding is prioritized for Title I schools.
  • Classes are eligible for reimbursement once per school year.


  • Applications will be considered starting August 1 for the fall season, on February 1 for the spring season, and on May 1 for summer field trips.
  • Requests for reimbursement will be considered before the field trip or within 7 days after completion of a field trip.

Other information

  • An invoice from the bus company, the district transportation office, the principal's office, or the school board is required as part of the reimbursement request.
  • Reimbursement checks will be mailed within 30-days following the field trip and upon receiving the completed reimbursement request and invoice.
  • As a condition of funding, park staff and partners may photograph students in the park. Park staff will contact you in advance of the field trip and send a photo release form.

Did You Know?

Photo of park rangers interpreting building the canal.

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...