• 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, Jordan Junction and Big Woods 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.

Williamsport Field Trips

Programs offered Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. To schedule a field trip to Williamsport, use our online field trip planner, email e-mail us, or call (301) 491-1517. The address is 205 W. Potomac Street, Williamsport, MD 21795.

Exploring the Cushwa Basin (grade 4). Students develop an appreciation for the C&O Canal as they walk in the footsteps of those who lived and worked along it. We make connections to our transportation and commerce history, the Civil War, and canal engineering. We also cover earth processes and the canal's link to the Potomac River. The on-site program lasts four hours. Cost: free. Enhance student learning by completing pre- and post-visit activities.

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...