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?
Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe.