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
Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has 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.
2009 Holiday Special Event at Great Falls
C&O Canal National Historical Park News Release
Holiday Music at the Historic Great Falls Tavern
Potomac, MD. – The C&O Canal National Historical Park invites you to celebrate the holiday season at the Great Falls Tavern on Saturday, December 5 th from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Festivities will feature a free concert of 19 th Century musical selections by the Gilmore’s Light Ensemble. Light refreshments will be available, and a $5.00 entrance fee to the park, per single vehicle, will be charged.
The Gilmore’s Light Ensemble, dressed in mid-1800's era clothing, compose traditional 19th century music using hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and accordion instruments.
The Great Falls, Maryland area of the C & O Canal National Historical Park is located at the intersection of Falls Rd. and MacArthur Blvd. in Potomac, Maryland. For more information about the concert and the park, contact Mark Myers at 301-767-3714.
Did You Know?
A mule is a hybrid animal, a mix of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack). Remember, "M" for mom, "M" for mare and "D" for dad, "D" for donkey. Switching the parents will produce a hinny. The mule is the superior work animal, preferred by canal boat captains on the C&O Canal. More...