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 »
Canal Classroom Corps
The Canal Classroom Corps (CCC) is a group of rangers, teachers, and volunteers who deliver K-12 education programs at various locations along the C&O Canal.
We are always looking for talented teachers and volunteers to help with the education transformation. Teachers and volunteers must hold a current certificate in elementary or secondary education or have experience teaching, substitute teaching, or working with K-12 students in a school environment. Teachers and volunteers will deliver existing curriculum-based, on-site programs to groups as small as 12 and as large as 75. Teachers and volunteers may also visit local schools to deliver programs. Teachers and volunteers deliver programs at least one day a week (8:30 to 2:30) for approximately ten weeks starting in late August and again in mid March. Thanks to the generosity of the C&O Canal Trust, we offer a daily stipend to teachers. Teachers and volunteers must pass a background check and attend a multi-day training.
We are currently accepting applications for Canal Classroom Corps teachers for fall 2014 in Cumberland and Great Falls. Training will be in late July to early August. If you are interested, please call 301-491-1517 or email us.
The Canal Classroom Corps is an education partnership between the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal National Historical Park. The C&O Canal Trust, as the park's official partner, leads fundraising efforts and explores collaboration opportunities to help the C&O Canal National Historical Park obtain adequate funding to support its education program.
Did You Know?
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.