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!
For Teachers: Curriculum-based Education Programs
Ranger guided programs offer opportunities for students to explore the natural and historical features of the canal from Georgetown to Cumberland!Read More
Calling Canal Discoveries!
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!Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
Discover the Canal in 2013
Hidden Canal Gems are highlighted on the Canal Discoveries website including photos, podcasts, and surrounding locations.Read More
Schedule of Events
From Civil War programs to mule drawn canal boat rides, explore the C&O Canal year-round!Read More
Did You Know?
A mule is a hybrid animal, a mix of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack). Remember, "M" for mom, "M" for mare and "D" for dad, "D" for donkey. Switching the parents will produce a hinny. The mule is the superior work animal, preferred by canal boat captains on the C&O Canal.