• 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 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.

Did You Know?

Photo of former Georgetown Flour Mill.

The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property. More...