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 and Huckleberry Hill Hiker Biker Campsites 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
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?
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.