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.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Goes Digital
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?
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. More...