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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

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    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 »

McCoys Ferry Campground Temporarily Closed

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Date: April 6, 2011

 

C&O Canal National Historical Park   News Release

April 4, 2011
For Immediate Release
Daniel Filer (301) 714-2218

McCoy's Ferry Campground Closure


Clear Spring, Maryland –  McCoy's Ferry Campground will be closing at 11 am on Friday, April 15, 2011, in preparation for the C&O Canal Pride Days volunteer event at the site.  The campground will reopen to the public on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.  Volunteers will be working with park staff to improve the camping facility.  Improvements will include new grills, fire rings, picnic tables, and additional parking.

If interested in assisting the park as a volunteer at the Saturday, April 16 th  event from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, please contact Jeff Hutman with the C&O Canal Trust, the park's official partner, by telephone at 301-745-8889 or by e-mail at hutman@canaltrust.org.

-NPS-

Did You Know?

Photo upstream entrance Paw Paw Tunnel.

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...