• 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, Huckleberry Hill, and Jordan Junction 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.

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 2014-2015 school year. You do not need to complete this transportation scholarship form request.

Download the Transportation Scholarship Application Form (click here)


  • 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.


  • Request for reimbursement MUST be received at least two weeks prior to your field trip. Confirmation of your application status will be sent via email within one week of submitting the application request to the park.

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?

Many mules work and have worked at the canal through the years.

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...