• 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

    Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island and Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker Campsites have 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 National Historical Park Adopts A 2016 Class

Education Program

Education Program along C&O Canal in Williamsport, Maryland

Spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) is estimated to have nearly 1,000,000 school aged children within a 45-minute drive. Students from Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia are all within reach of the C&O Canal NHP, providing opportunities for new students and more students to directly experience a national park, exploring natural and historical resources in a setting that provokes thought, inspires wonder and ignites understanding.

During 2012 the C&O Canal NHP will outreach to elementary and secondary schools in the east and west district of the park and adopt one or more classes of 2016 graduates. Each class adopted will be engaged with representative park staff from numerous divisions, i.e. Interpretation, Volunteer, Resources, Preservation, etc. to fully connect with curriculum and allow students a chance for NPS career exploration. Efforts for connecting with students will utilize technological resources, i.e. Skype, Distance Learning, to allow learning from the classroom in addition to planned educational field trips and events to engage students at the park.

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School bus at Williamsport

Our park partners--the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal Association--offer scholarships to schools to pay for buses. More...