• 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 »

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?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.