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, Jordan Junction and Big Woods 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.
Take a Hike for Your Health
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?
Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe. More...