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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

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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.

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July 31, 2014
C&O Canal Hiring Local Educators at Great Falls in Potomac, MD
C&O Canal Hiring Local Educators at Great Falls in Potomac, MD

July 31, 2014
C&O Canal Hiring Local Educators
CUMBERLAND, MD – The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) seeks local educators to assist with delivery of the new education programs in Allegany County for the fall. The C&O Canal Trust, the park’s official non-profit partner, will offer a daily stipend. A training workshop will be held for new recruits August 27-29, 2014 at the C&O Canal Classroom at Canal Place in Cumberland, Maryland.

June 13, 2014
Towpath Breach
Towpath breach below Dam No. 5 on the C&O Canal

May 16, 2014
National Capital Region Park Area Closures
Due to flooding area National Park sites have short term closures.

March 31, 2014
C and O Canal Big Slackwater Bridge Replacement
Boat Ramp Closed while repairs to bridge are completed.

February 18, 2014
Repairs slated to begin on towpath near Cumberland
Towpath delays possible

October 25, 2013
Temporary Bridge Closure near Fletchers Boat House
The National Park Service is temporarily closing the small bridge leading to Fletcher’s Boat House located in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

June 18, 2013
Visitor Safety Improvements along Capital Crescent Trail
Capital Crescent Trail (CCT) hikers and bicyclists should anticipate construction on June 20th, 2013, as the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park makes improvements to the Water Street entrance following increasing concerns for public and visitor safety.

April 26, 2013
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Celebrates National Park Week with the Opening of TRACK Trails for Children
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park dedicated two new TRACK Trails for children during a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 26.

April 24, 2013
Canal Trust Provides Donation to Support Park Education Program
C&O Canal Trust donation helps support the development of park-wide curriculum-based education programs.

April 17, 2013
Paw Paw Tunnel Rock Slide Removed Towpath Reopens to the Public
Paw Paw Tunnel Rock Slide Removed, Towpath Reopens to the Public

January 22, 2013
Paw Paw Tunnel Closed
A rock slide occurred sometime on January 20, 2013 and has blocked a 100 foot section of the towpath

November 09, 2012
Anglers Towpath Repairs
Saturday November 17, 2012 C&O Canal National Historical Park to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Anglers

April 19, 2012
Explore The Chesapeake And Ohio Canal During National Park Week In April 2012
Stretching 184.5 miles from the hustle and bustle of Georgetown near Washington DC to the mountainous region of Western Maryland, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers visitors endless opportunities to explore history, experience nature and enjoy recreation!

April 19, 2012
Spend The Night Along The Chesapeake And Ohio Canal
Whether it's your first time to visit the C&O Canal or you are a regular visitor, a variety of year-round activities and programs appeal to all ages and interests!

April 11, 2012
Canal Place Heritage Area Management Plan Update Public Open House And Agency Scoping
The scoping meeting will afford the public the opportunity to learn about potential plan components, comment on those elements, and suggest other components for consideration within the plan.

March 16, 2012
Public Comment Being Sought On The Sharpsburg Water Intake Upgrade Environmental Assessment March 2012
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is conducting a 30-day public review of the Sharpsburg Water Intake Upgrade Environmental Assessment/Assessment of Effect, March 2012.

March 15, 2012
Tugboat Recovered From Potomac River Near Big Slackwater Construction Site
The reconstruction of the towpath at Big Slackwater has been underway since late summer 2010.This project will restore a section of the C&O Canal towpath that was destroyed by flooding in 1996.

March 05, 2012
City of Brunswick Joins Steward Program at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
The Canal Steward Program engages individuals and groups in a long-term relationship with the C&O Canal National Historical Park in which they become caretakers of a designated site within the park.

February 13, 2012
NPS Seeks Public Comment on the Shepherdstown Battlefield Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a special resource study of Shepherdstown Battlefield in West Virginia and Maryland, located near the town of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

January 10, 2012
C and O Canal Rangers Mourn the Loss of One of Their Own
Margaret had been a park ranger at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park from 2004 to 2008.She was 34 years old and leaves behind her husband Eric, also a park ranger at Mount Rainier NP, and two young children.

January 06, 2012
Battle of Hancock Civil War Commemoration
In early January of 1862, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson ordered the surrender of the town of Hancock. The Town was an important transportation site, on the C&O Canal and the National Road.

November 16, 2011
Deer Killed By Dogs Off Leash
Over the few past years, C&O Canal park staff have seen a number of problems stemming from dogs off leash, including people being bitten, dog fights, lost dogs, and other wildlife harassment incidents.

November 16, 2011
Investigation Underway for vandalized C and O Canal Restroom Facilities
A reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting the fire.

November 16, 2011
Towpath to be repaired at Anglers Breach - Parking Affected
Repair work will require periodic closures of all parking areas across from the Old Angler's Inn on McArthur Boulevard, as well as the lower drop off lot. Alternative parking is available at Carderock (2 miles east) and Great Falls (2.2 miles west).

November 15, 2011
Sycamore Island Pedestrian Bridge Reopens
During the recent closure bridge decking was replaced, structural maintenance was completed, and the bridge was painted.The steel truss bridge dates back to the early 1900's

October 15, 2011
Catoctin Aqueduct Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Catoctin Aqueduct, one of the 11 aqueducts along the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The C&O Canal is the most intact and impressive example from America's 19th century canal building era.

October 06, 2011
Paw Paw Tunnel Trail Dedication
The C & O Canal National Historical Park has recently installed a series of new wayside exhibits and directional signage along the 2 mile-long Paw Paw Tunnel Hill Trail.

October 01, 2011
Bluegrass Event October 2011
Friends and families bring a chair and come enjoy local musicians playing bluegrass favorites. The event is free and open to the public.

September 30, 2011
National Park Service to host Catoctin Aqueduct Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The Catoctin Aqueduct, one of eleven aqueducts located along the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Catoctin Aqueduct was known as the most beautiful aqueduct on the Canal. On October 31, 1973, two of the three arches of the 139-year-old Aqueduct collapsed from frequent flooding.

September 14, 2011
C and O Canal Events During Hancock Apple Festival
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park will feature a variety of programs during the Hancock Apple Festival, September 17 – 18, 2011, in Hancock, Maryland.

August 23, 2011
Canal Family Reunion During Williamsport Days
Have you ever wondered what life was like for families who lived and worked on the C&O Canal nearly 100 years ago? Along the 184.5 mile-long C&O Canal that extends from Georgetown to Cumberland there are families who trace their ancestry to the old waterway.

August 10, 2011
Ranger Led Programs August 2011 in Hancock
For more information on events and programs or to schedule a group tour please contact the visitor center at (301) 745 – 5877 or visit the website at www.nps.gov/choh.

August 01, 2011
Ranger Led Programs August 2011 near Hancock
A description of C&O Canal National Historical Park programs and events during the month of Augustion 2011 near Hancock, Maryland.

July 12, 2011
Bowles House Feature Bluegrass Music
Bring a lawn chair and come enjoy the festive atmosphere along the canal. The event is free, open to the public and will feature live bluegrass music by local musicians and artwork by local artists who will bring their easels to paint and sketch during the afternoon.

July 01, 2011
Hancock Ranger Led Programs July 2011
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will feature ranger led programs for youth and adults during the month of July at the park's historic Bowles House Visitor Center located at 439 E. Main Street, Hancock, Maryland.

June 30, 2011
Retreat Through Williamsport
Reenactors march down the C&O Canal towpath during the Retreat Through Williamsport Event.

June 30, 2011
C and O Canal Events During the Annual Retreat Through Williamsport
All programs are free to the public and will begin at the C & O Canal's Cushwa Basin Visitor Center located in Williamsport, Maryland.

June 09, 2011
Temporary Closure of Brunswick Campground and Boat Ramp
The temporary closure is a result of CSX closing the South Maple Crossing closest to the C&O Canal National Historic Park to replace rails and ties, and install a geometry change to improve train safety.

June 09, 2011
NPS Invites Public Comment on the Williamsport Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service will be accepting public review comments beginning June 13, 2011 through July 15, 2011.The draft Environmental Assessment presents information on projected impacts to park resources from the proposed project to Restore Canal Operations at Williamsport, Maryland.

June 06, 2011
Canal Family Reunion June 18th 2011 in Hancock Maryland
If your family history is associated with the C&O Canal or if you would like to hear the stories of others, please join us in recalling life along the old waterway!

June 01, 2011
Youth Fishing Rodeo and Bike Programs at Williamsport
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in partnership with the Williamsport Rotary Club will feature the Fifteenth Annual Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, June 4, 2011.

June 01, 2011
C and O Canal Holds Youth Fishing Rodeo
The C and O Canal will feature the 63rd Annual Battie Mixon Fishing Rodeo on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The rodeo is free for youth ages 15 and under.Bring your own bait. Prizes and trophies will be awarded.

May 20, 2011
High Water Forces Closure of Many Park Areas
The C&O Canal responds to high water by closing park areas.

May 16, 2011
Summer 2011 Program Schedule
The C & O Canal National Historical Park announces the 2011 summer program schedule for the area between Cumberland, Maryland and Point of Rocks, Maryland.

April 26, 2011
Historic Launch Operations Return to the C and O Canal
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park revealed a replica canal launch boat on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the Cushwa Basin Visitor Center in Williamsport, Maryland. This launch is being tested and evaluated by the National Park Service. Five replica launch boats will be received by the C&O Canal over the next few years.

April 08, 2011
Canal Discoveries at the C&O Canal NHP
Learn about the C&O Canal on this new web-based site.

April 08, 2011
Closure at Mccoys Ferry
Campground temporarily closed.

April 06, 2011
Canal Discoveries
Learn about the canal with this new web-based site!

April 06, 2011
McCoys Ferry Campground Temporarily Closed
McCoys Ferry Temporarily Closed.

October 12, 2010
Monocacy River Boat Ramp Temporarily Closed
Work underway to remove recent flood debris from the Monocacy Aqueduct arches and nearby boat ramp.

Did You Know?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

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.