• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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.

Getting Ready for 2016

The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles -- it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there -- A Call to Action -- outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!

 

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Adopts A 2016 Class

Spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is estimated to have nearly 1,000,000 school aged children within a 45-minute drive. Find out how the park is adopting a class and engaging students through education over the next four years. Learn More.

 

Education Programs Offer Students Opportunity to Learn and Explore

Empowering student-driven discovery and learning along 184.5 miles of historic canal towpath, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park engages school-aged students in science, math, history, engineering and technology, featuring endless opportunities to connect with thousands of students across grade levels, content areas and school districts. Learn More.

 

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Goes Digital

During 2012, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park began transforming the park's digital presence by revamping the nps.gov/choh website, improving content and usability, as well as utilizing multiple social media platforms to share information and connect with park visitors. Learn More.

 

Safety First

During 2012, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park made notable advances in safety by empowering employees and equipping them with the proper skills and training through Operational Leadership, a training focused on assessing daily risk management and utilizing safety as part of a daily operation. Learn More.

 

Learning Through History

Through community events, partnerships and interpretive programs, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park expands the meaning of the park to new audiences, providing an opportunity for communities and park visitors to learn more about their heritage. Learn More.

 

Parks for People

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park seeks to continue promoting and expanding the use of the park among densely populated and diverse communities as a close-to-home recreational resource. Learn More.

 

Take a Hike for Your Health

During 2012 the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will join the regional parks and numerous partner organizations in launching Healthy Parks, Healthy People Greater Washington Area, a regional initiative that joins together the various efforts among parks, partners and the health community to increase citizen recognition of parks as a healing tool and as place for improving physical and mental well-being. Learn More.

 

Next Generation of Park Stewards

Parks offer living classroom with lessons in history and natural sciences for anyone who wishes to participate. By involving youth in discovery activities in our National Parks, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park hopes to ignite the fire of curiosity kindling within the next generation. Learn More.

 

Stop Talking and Listen

During the summer of 2012, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park promoted park stewardship, physical activity, scientific curiosity and a love of history in seven of its neighboring communities through its Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger Summer Camps. Learn More.

 

Out With the Old

In May 2012 new interpretive exhibits were designed and installed at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Ferry Hill Place Visitor Center in Sharpsburg, Maryland. Once a flourishing farm and shipping hub on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Ferry Hill Plantation suffered the ravages of the Civil War only to be preserved by subsequent decades of stewardship. Learn More.

 

Home Grown

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has been actively engaged in the ProRanger program since 2010. During the summer of 2012, the park will have a ProRanger on staff as a seasonal ranger. As park ranger positions become available, ProRanger graduates will be considered for full time employment. The park will continue its internship programs with community colleges as a way to stay engaged with the local community and continue its law enforcement training assistance at Slippery Rock University to provide an active recruiting role for serving today's youth.

 

Value Diversity

In 2012 the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park identified and pursued numerous methods for increasing diversity in the workforce. During the summer season, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park successfully increased the diversity of its staff through the recruitment and hiring of employees representing traditionally underserved and under-represented minority groups. Learn More.

Did You Know?

Photo canal boat exiting lock 20.

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.