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 and Huckleberry Hill 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.
Canal Trust Provides Donation to Support Park Education Program
Responding to an overwhelming demand to serve K-12 student audiences, the C&O Canal Trust, the official nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, made a $17,000 donation on March 15, 2013, to support the development of a park-wide, curriculum-based education program. The donation was raised by the C&O Canal Trust last October through their efforts at Park After Dark, their annual benefit event in support of programs and projects at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
The donation comes at a critical time for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park when lean budgets have reduced the park's seasonal staff to deliver education programs during the spring and fall seasons. With support from the C&O Canal Trust, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will utilize the funds to explore staffing solutions, develop a transportation scholarship program to provide underserved student audiences with a stipend to pay for buses, and identify additional program funding through grants opportunities.
"The Trust's support will help us develop a sustainable education program, creating opportunities for more students to use the national park as their classroom, exploring natural and historical resources in a setting that provokes thought, inspires wonder and ignites understanding" stated Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt.
Spanning across the state of Maryland and bordering the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is estimated to have nearly 1,000,000 school aged children within a 45-minute drive. Last year the Park hosted over ten thousand school aged children for education programs during the 2011-12 school year. A large number of schools were classified as underserved and represent both urban and rural environments from Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The C&O Canal Trust's donation will expand opportunities for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park to connect with thousands of students across grade levels, content areas and school districts.
For more information about the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park's official partner, the C&O Canal Trust and ways to support educational programming, go towww.CanalTrust.org.
Did You Know?
Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.