184.5 Miles of Adventure!

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures!


Cell Phone Interpretive Program

Canal Mobile Tour

Hear hidden stories of the Canal from your cell phone; download the mobile app to access content including pictures and links from anywhere you are!

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A park ranger talking with a school group along the towpath.

For Teachers: Curriculum-based Education Programs

Learn more about education opportunities along the canal.

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Narrow section of the Potomac River called Mather Gorge.

Be Safe on the River!

Find out how to stay safe while visiting and playing near the Potomac River.

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Join the Conversation!

Thousands of people stay connected with the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park through social media. Are you one of them?

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Canal Boats

Explore the canal from the water!

Experience the canal by riding on a canal boat. Rides are offered spring, summer and fall in Great Falls and summer in Williamsport.

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