• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Towpath Reroute!

    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 »

Take a Hike for Your Health

Future DC TRACK Trail Coming Fall 2012

Future DC TRACK Trail - Coming Fall 2012

During 2012 the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) will join other regional parks and numerous partner organizations in launching Healthy Parks, Healthy People Greater Washington Area, a regional initiative that joins together the various efforts among parks, partners and the health community to increase citizen recognition of parks as a healing tool and as place for improving physical and mental well-being.

Through the Connect Trails To Parks Program, the C&O Canal NHP received a grant and is working with every park in the region to implement TRACK Trails, a program designed by Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation featuring self-guided activities for youth and families, encouraging outdoor activity through exploration and fun, engaging activities. Additionally, efforts to engage health care providers in prescribing parks, trails and green space is underway, thus confirming the medical importance of being active outdoors. The regional initiative is set to kickoff in fall 2012 with the introduction of TRACK Trails at three national parks in the District of Columbia. Following the kickoff the initiative will continue to grow to 13 national parks throughout the Greater Washington Area of MD, VA, WV and DC, culminating in the spring of 2014.

Did You Know?

Photo Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...