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
Bald Eagle Island and Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pumps handle 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.
Education Programs Offer Students Opportunity to Learn and Explore
Currently, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) offers curriculum-based education programs in Washington and Allegany Counties, engaging thousands of fourth grade students each year. Additionally, in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation's Bridging the Watershed program, the C&O Canal NHP features curriculum-based programming focused on environmental education in various locations throughout the park.
In 2012, the C&O Canal NHP began conducting a baseline assessment of all park education programs, resources and locations. Upon completion of the assessment, an Education Strategic Plan was developed. The Education Strategic Plan identifies a strategy and implementation process for developing interdisciplinary, curriculum-based education programs and resources to engage a variety of students. Additionally, the plan identifies current issues related to staffing, budget and program locations and outlines steps for mitigating ongoing issues by exploring new methods and piloting new strategies to increase the park's outreach within the education community. Beginning in 2013, the C&O Canal NHP seeks to develop an educational partnership with school officials in multiple counties and states bordering the park, and proceed with the education implementation plan for expanding the park's curriculum-based education programs toward a holistic, park-wide, effort serving hundreds of thousands of K-12 students and touching upon various curricula and content areas.
In partnership with Journey Through Hallowed Ground, the C&O Canal NHP recently completed a video project with 8th grade American History Students in the script writing, production, editing and composition of short videos that will be used to describe various aspects of canal life, operations and structures. Videos will be shared with other school districts and posted on the parks' website as an online resource for other teachers, students and classrooms to learn about canal life.
Additional efforts to expand the core interpretive experience at the C&O Canal NHP are underway, as replica canal launch boats will be introduced at Great Falls, Williamsport and Georgetown during 2012 and 2013. These boats will provide school groups and visitors with a hands-on, on-the-water, learning experience of life on the canal. The launch boats will complement and expand upon existing canal boat programs offered to school children in Great Falls and Georgetown.
Did You Know?
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...