• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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

    Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island, Evitts Creek, and Iron Mtn. Hiker-Biker Campground and Arbaugh Camp 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.

Stop Talking and Listen

Jr Ranger Camp

C&O Canal Junior Ranger Camp 2012

During the summer of 2012, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park promoted park stewardship, physical activity, scientific curiosity and a love of history in seven of its neighboring communities through its Let's Move Outside Junior Ranger Summer Camps. Partnering with elementary schools and youth service programs such as the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club, this program actively recruited students from diverse and underserved backgrounds, affording them the opportunity to attend one of five day-camps located at Cumberland, Hancock, Williamsport and Great Falls.

Over the course of seven weeks, these camps, served nearly 100 youth, providing them experiential learning opportunities through activities such as fishing, bird watching, canoeing, biking and hiking. In addition to the recreational aspects of the camps, students also participated in learning activities pertaining to environmental science, park history and Leave No Trace principles and practices. These camps were offered free of charge and available to all youth.

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...