• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Road to Big Slackwater Boat Ramp Closed

    For 60 days contractors will be replacing the bridge on the road to the the boat ramp. The road will be closed for non-offical traffic. More »

  • 15 Mile Creek Campground closed Evening of May 9

    Attention Campers: Fifteenmile Creek Campground will be closed for repairs May 9th, 5pm to May 10th, 1pm. **The nearest alternative car-camping sites are Paw Paw Tunnel located on Mile 156.1 or McCoys Ferry on Mile 110.4. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

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 Maryland Gold Mine.

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.