Natural Features & Ecosystems
Variety is the key word when referring to the natural features of C&O Canal National Historical Park. While many National Historical Parks have been established to highlight a specific historical feature or event, visitors to the C&O Canal experience a wide diversity of ecosystems and biological communities. The power of the potomac river, diverse flora and fauna and ever-changing weather patterns affect this park and its ecosystems.
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.