• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Towpath Reroute!

    6/14/14- Towpath breach at MM 106, just below Dam #5. Towpath Detour in place (this detour does not leave park property). Please be aware of possible towpath hazards due to heavy rains.

  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Purslane Run, Stickpile, Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campgrounds and Paw Paw Campground water pump handles have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be installed when good water samples are received.

  • 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.

  • Boat Rides at Great Falls

    Regularly scheduled tour times for the mule-drawn canal boat at Great Falls have changed. In July and August 2014 tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00. Please call the Visitor Center for more info: 301-767-3714. More »

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Goes Digital

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C&O Canal NHP Hancock Bluegrass Event

During 2012, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) 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. The C&O Canal Web & Social Media Team grew from 3 members to more than 10, representing park rangers, biologists, historians, seasonal staff, and volunteers to fully capture the wealth and variety of events, programs and projects happening throughout the park.

The C&O Canal NHP, in partnership with the park's official friends group, the C&O Canal Trust, continued to expand the new, digital interpretive program, Canal Discoveries, during 2012. Launched in 2011,Canal Discoveries, an interpretive program features a website and more than forty featured sites along the C&O Canal NHP. Each site is featured on the website with a short historical narrative, photos, videos, map and an itinerary of things to do.

If you haven't experienced the C&O Canal NHP virtually, check out the following link, stay connected with us through social media and follow park events, news and projects. Social Media

Did You Know?

Photo upstream entrance Paw Paw Tunnel.

The Paw Paw Tunnel is 3,118 feet long and is lined with almost six million bricks. The 2/3 mile long tunnel saved the canal builders almost six miles of construction along the Paw Paw bends of the Potomac River. The project took twelve years to complete. The tunnel was only wide enough for single lane traffic. More...