NEW Overnight parking system
Before parking a vehicle overnight in any Canal Parking area, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Print your reciept and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center. More »
Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed
Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.
Boat Tours at Great Falls
Due to low water levels in the Great Falls area, call the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714) in advance of your trip to confirm the mule-drawn boat tour schedule.
Parking Lot Closure
CSX is now beginning a phase of their bridge project that requires the closure of the Lock 74 parking lot for approximatly 18 months. Access to visitor parking near Lock 75 is now re-opened with a gravel parking lot at the site.
Invasive non-native plants is a mouthful. It means aggressive plant species that are not original to the particular area they now occupy. They may have come from as far away as Asia or as near as the next state. Most have been introduced by human activity sometimes on purpose (such as for groundcover, or ornamental plants that “escapes cultivation”), sometimes by accident. Such visitor plants, free of the natural animal and insect predators from their native turf, go wild with their new freedom. Non-native species disrupt natural ecological processes by crowing out and replacing native plants and animals through competition for space, light and water, and by creating new habitat conditions inhospitable to other natives. At C&O Canal, non-native plants are the most significant immediate threat to park natural resources and are a particular problem because of the competition they present to the very large number of state rare, threatened, and endangered plant species. The park is focusing efforts to reduce non-native plants in the Potomac Gorge area of the park where non-native species such as Mimosa, Japanese stiltgrass and Japanese honeysuckle threaten to carpet large areas of park land.
Did You Know?
There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.