• 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 »

Curriculum Workshops

Allegany County teachers help develop curriculum materials

Allegany County teachers developed curriculum materials for classes that visit Cumberland.

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Over the next five years the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in partnership with professional educators, communities, and partner organizations will develop a comprehensive park education program featuring interdisciplinary curriculum-based programs and resources for a variety of ages and grade levels.

The C&O Canal staff are transforming their education programs to meet state and Common Core Standards. We are developing standards-based programs at our three education sites: Cumberland, Williamsport, and Great Falls. These new programs will provide students with an interdisciplinary experience touching on a variety of subject areas and utilizing various methods for student engagement and active learning.

In summer of 2013, a group of teachers from Allegany County Public Schools attended a week-long workshop to develop a series of curriculum programs and resources for our most western park locations. These programs will be piloted in Spring 2014.

Starting in the fall, park staff will engage with educators at the east end of the park and continue curriculum development from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown in Washington DC to the rural farmlands and mountains in western Maryland. If you would like to apply for the Curriculum Development Workshop (a partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools) June 16-20 in Great Falls, contact us.

Did You Know?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.