• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Road to Big Slackwater Boat Ramp Closed

    For 60 days contractors will be replacing the bridge on the road to the the boat ramp. The road will be closed for non-offical traffic. More »

  • 15 Mile Creek Campground closed Evening of May 9

    Attention Campers: Fifteenmile Creek Campground will be closed for repairs May 9th, 5pm to May 10th, 1pm. **The nearest alternative car-camping sites are Paw Paw Tunnel located on Mile 156.1 or McCoys Ferry on Mile 110.4. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

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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

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

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 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?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.