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    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Towpath Reroute!

    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 »

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

May 28, 2014
Ferry Hill Plantation in Sharpsburg Maryland Opens for Summer Weekends
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) announces the weekend opening of the Ferry Hill Plantation House (Ferry Hill Place), located in Sharpsburg, Maryland. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from10:00am to 3:00pm, Ferry Hill Place welcomes visitors, free of charge, to catch a glimpse into Civil War and C&O Canal History. The exhibit center at Ferry Hill Place will be open every summer weekend throughSunday, August 31, 2014.

May 16, 2014
DC Water investigating Possible Sanitary Sewer Overflow in C and O Canal National Historical Park
DC Water is investigating a possible Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) overnight in C & O Canal National Historical Park.

May 09, 2014
Capital Crescent Trail Now Open Following Clean-up and Repairs
Capital Crescent Trail Now Open Following Clean-up and Repairs

April 30, 2014
Big Slackwater Bridge Reopened
Replacement work completed

February 18, 2014
CSX to perform work near Lock 74
Work near Lock 74

April 02, 2013
Paw Paw Tunnel Rockslide Update
Superintended Kevin Brandt announced today park crews began clearing stone debris off of the canal towpath just downstream of the Paw Paw Tunnel.



Did You Know?

Photo Potowmack Company canal lock at Great Falls Virginia.

George Washington's dream of connecting the eastern states with the western frontier led to the creation of the Patowmack Company. Canals were built around unnavigable parts of the Potomac River for improved commerce. The C&O Canal inherited the right of way after the Patowmack Company's demise. More...