• 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.

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Biking along the C&O Canal

Bicyclists Along the C&O Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park seeks to continue promoting and expanding the use of the park among densely populated and diverse communities as a close-to-home recreational resource. Once method for connecting with nearby communities and promoting use of the park is through the Bicycle Loan program, allowing visitors to check out a bike for up to 3 hours for use along the C&O Canal towpath. There is no cost associated with the program as all bicycles were acquired through grant funding or by donation. The Bicycle Loan Program significantly enhances the connection of visitors and communities to the park, by providing them with close-to-home recreation and increasing their access to explore the C&O Canal.

During 2012 the bicycle loan program has become quite popular in Williamsport, Maryland. When promoted during the 2012 Let's Move Outside C&O Canal Junior Ranger Day Camp, children were very excited to know they could come back and go for a bike ride with their families.

Did You Know?

Photo upstream entrance Paw Paw Tunnel.

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...