Paw Paw Tunnel Towpath Open
The rockslide at Paw Paw Tunnel towpath has been cleared. The towpath is now open for hikers and bikers.
Georgetown Boat Rides Suspended
Boat rides at Georgetown are suspended until further notice. For a mule-drawn boat ride please contact Great Falls Tavern.
Our Staff & Offices
The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. To manage the diverse resources of the canal, staff works out of multiple field offices in addition to the main headquarters within the park. For a list of visitor centers and contact information please click here.
Headquarters and management staff for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP are located outside of the park in Hagerstown, Maryland. Staff and volunteers operate a visitor service area on the first floor. Information on park programs, history, park closures, brochures, etc. are available for the public.
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Headquarters is located at 1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100 Hagerstown, MD 21740.
Directions to C&O Canal Headquarters
From the east: Take I-70 west to exit 32b and head west on Rt. 40. Follow Rt. 40 for approximately 1/4 mile and turn right at the C&O Canal Park Headquarters sign.
From the west: Take I-70 east to exit 32b and head west on Rt. 40. Follow Rt. 40 for approximately 1/4 mile and turn right at the C&O Canal Park Headquarters sign.
Headquarters Phone: 301-739-4200
Did You Know?
Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.