• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Use Caution on Towpath

    7/10/14- Park Maintenance Crews have removed over 300 trees from the towpath in the last 2 days. Debris and small limbs may still cover the towpath. Crews will continue cleanup efforts over the next few weeks.

  • 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 »

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

  • Campground Closure

    7/10/14 Due to tree damage and hazardous trees, Cacapon Junction Hiker Biker Campground will be closed for approximatly a week as crews cleam up from storm damage. Please use the next upstream or downstream campsite.

Guest Speakers

A ranger administers the junior ranger oath.
A ranger administers the junior ranger oath to a group of school children.
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Attention Washington County Public School teachers! During the fall of 2013, Canal Classroom Corps teachers may be available to come to your classroom. Email our staff to make arrangements.

We hope to expand this program to other locations in the near future.

Did You Know?

Photo upstream entrance Paw Paw Tunnel.

The Paw Paw Tunnel is 3,118 feet long and is lined with almost six million bricks. The 2/3 mile long tunnel saved the canal builders almost six miles of construction along the Paw Paw bends of the Potomac River. The project took twelve years to complete. The tunnel was only wide enough for single lane traffic. More...