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 »
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?
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...