• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled 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. More »

Our Staff & Offices

Photo of superintendant Kevin Brandt with Ellie the mule

The staff of the C&O Canal are dedicated to preserving and protecting the resources of the park and providing enjoyment and educational programs for our visitors.

NPS Photo

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.

Photo of park headquarters in Hagerstown

Park headquaters is the behind the scenes building of the C&O Canal.

NPS Photo

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?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.