Preserving and protecting the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the park is a vital part of the C&O Canals mission. As park visitors, you play a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the park and its history. Thank you all very much for your continued efforts of preservation, protection, and enjoyment of park resources.
Did You Know?
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.