• 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

    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.

  • 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.

Curriculum Materials

These pre and post visit materials will help teachers prepare students for their visit to the park. They can be used for grades 3-5.

It is suggested to view the Journey on the C and O Canal power point before visiting the park. Other activities can be done as either pre or post visit.

Journey on the C and O Canal
Follow Michael O'Leary in 1876 as he journeys down the C&O Canal. History, maps, and historic photos help bring the canal to life.
Lesson Plan
Power Point
Power Point Teacher Notes
Vocabulary
Journal, online version
Journal, printable version

Case Studies
Engage students in critical thinking by using these case studies regarding the park.
In Need of Repairs
To Build or Not Build a Tunnel
Working on the C and O Canal

Erosion Activity
This is a teacher led on-site activity. Use these materials to prepare students for this portion of the field trip.
Earth Processes Teachers Prep
Earth Processes Definitions
Earth Processes Cushwa Basin Map
Earth Processes Observation Sheet
Flood Photos

Mapping Activity
Constructing a C and O Canal Map
Maryland Map 1
Maryland Map 2

C and O Canal Challenge
This enrichment activity incorporates all curriculum. Students work in teams on this all day project which allows for better understanding of canal operations and history. Click here

Readers Theater
Learn about Captain Myers' bad day when the Conococheague Aqueduct was breached. Click here
Conococheague Aqueduct Breach historic photos from 1920

Team Estimation
This is a math activity on estimation and analysis. Click here

Did You Know?

Photo canal boat exiting lock 20.

Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.