• 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 »

Exploring the C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin

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  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    C&O Canal: Time in a Tree (3rd Grade, near Cumberland, Maryland)

    C&O Canal: Time in a Tree (3rd Grade, near Cumberland, Maryland)

    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.

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

    Exploring the C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Maryland

    Exploring the C&O Canal's Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Maryland

    This program helps fourth graders understand the many challenges faced by the C&O Canal throughout its history. We will discover George Washington’s vision for westward expansion and think about the canal as an engineering marvel. Exploring the daily life of Canawlers, students will gain an appreciation for the challenges they faced operating their boats and locks. Finally, the program focuses on the canal’s connection to the Potomac River and the earth processes that shape it.

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...