• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Towpath Reroute!

    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 »

Cumberland Area Field Trips

Programs offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To schedule a field trip in the Cumberland area, email e-mail us or call (301) 491-1517.

The Canal and Me: I Taste, Touch, Hear, Smell, and See (Pre Kindergarten). Students will use their five senses as they walk back through time in the Canal Museum; learning about the construction and operation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Students will participate in time games and activities. Students will actively explore canal operations through play with canal construction sets and boat design. Location: Canal Place. Length: 100 minutes. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

Home on the Canal: Past and Present (Kindergarten). Students develop an understanding of the C&O Canal's purpose and function. Students will differentiate between man‐made and human features and how they affect the environment, compare the past and present to understand what life was like for a child on the C&O Canal, and explore the function and design of toys from the past. Location: Canal Place. Length: 4 hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

George, Tools and Mules (1st Grade). Students explore the history and engineering of the C&O Canal and canal boats, and the importance of the mules in canal operations. Location: Canal Place. Length: 4 hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

Tunnels Rock: How Humans and Nature Change Earth (2nd Grade). Students explore the history and engineering of the C&O Canal as they consider manmade and natural changes to the environment. Location: near Paw Paw, West Virginia. Length: 3.5 hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

Time in a Tree (3rd Grade). Students participate in a ranger hike along the C&O Canal between Lockhouse 75 and Spring Gap. Along the way students participate in hands on activities including field‐based science activities while exploring the canal environment. Location: Spring Gap (south of Cumberland). Length: 4 hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

Riddle Me History: The Oldtown Settlement (4th Grade). Students will visit Oldtown, Maryland, to learn about Native Americans, use their navigation skills, and immerse themselves in frontier Maryland history. Location: Oldtown, Maryland (south of Cumberland). Length: 3 hours 45 minutes. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

Around the Bends: A Case Study of the Paw Paw Tunnel (5th Grade). Students form an opinion on whether or not building the Paw Paw Tunnel was worth the costs. Location: near Paw Paw, West Virginia. Length: 3.5 hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

Did You Know?

School bus at Williamsport

Our park partners--the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal Association--offer scholarships to schools to pay for buses. More...