• 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 »

Field Trips

A ranger in costume and Eva the Mule meet visitors.

Come visit us near Cumberland, Williamsport, or Great Falls, Maryland

NPS

The park partnered with talented teachers in local school districts to create Common Core curriculum-based field trips in Cumberland (Allegany County) and Williamsport (Washington County). Each of the field trips contains a STEM component.

Programs at Great Falls (Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George's and nearby Counties) will be converted to Common Core during the 2014-2015 school year.

We also offer the Bridging the Watershed environmental education program for middle and high school students.

 

Did You Know?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.