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 »
CSX to perform work near Lock 74
Contact: Daniel Copenhaver , (301)745-5818
Cumberland MD. – CSX Corporation will be replacing the railroad bridge crossing the Potomac River near historic Lift Lock 74 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal). The work will begin later this month and last approximately 18 months. For the safety and convenience of park visitors to this area CSX will install a temporary parking lot adjacent to historic Lift Lock 75. CSX will install a new vehicular bridge across Lift Lock 74, River Road. The new bridge will serve public traffic on River Road and provide access for heavy equipment necessary to replace the railroad bridge. CSX's construction contractor will be working closely with the C&O Canal to ensure the safety of park visitors as they install the temporary lot at Lock 75 and new vehicular bridge over Lift Lock 74.
Although the C&O Canal towpath and River Road will remain open in this area during construction, visitors should exercise caution and expect to experience minor delays, possibly up to 15 minutes. The park is asking the public to obey all posted signs in the work area for their safety.
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...