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 »
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?
Our park partners--the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal Association--offer scholarships to schools to pay for buses. More...