• 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 and Huckleberry Hill 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.

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?

Photo Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...