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.
C and O Canal Big Slackwater Bridge Replacement
Contact: Daniel Copenhaver , (301)745-5818
Williamsport, MD. – The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is pleased to announce the replacement of the Big Slackwater Bridge serving the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp. The bridge superstructure and deck will be replaced to improve the bridge's load rating. C&O Canal staff will be working with The Federal Highway Administration and their contractor to remove and replace the bridge over the next 60 days. The road leading to the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp will be closed at the Dam 4 parking lot starting on or about April 14, 2014 and will reopen when construction is complete.Only official traffic will be allowed beyond the park gate.
The park and towpath will remain open during construction. The park is asking the public to stay clear of the immediate work area and obey all posted signs for their safety. The construction is expected to be complete in time for the spring boating season.
Did You Know?
There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.