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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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.

CSX to perform work near Lock 74

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Date: February 18, 2014
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?

Photo of park rangers interpreting building the canal.

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...