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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, Jordan Junction and Big Woods 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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September 26, 2014
C and O Canal Seeks Interested Parties for Short Term Agricultural Lease in Allegany County
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking interested applicants for the agricultural use of two parcels of land in Allegany County: • 61-acre parcel of land referred to as the “Paw Paw Farm”, located in Oldtown, Maryland • 14-acre parcel of land referred to as the “Town Creek Farm”, located in Oldtown, Maryland. The land can be used for hay and/or pasture. Agricultural use permits will begin on April 15th, 2015 and will be issued for a one-year period.

September 26, 2014
C and O Canal seeks interested parties for short term agricultural lease in Washington County
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking interested applicants for the agricultural use of a 36-acre parcel of land in Washington County. The available parcel is referred to as the “Park Head Farm” and is located in Big Pool, Maryland. The land can be used for row crops and/or hay. Agricultural use permits will begin on April 15th, 2015 and will be issued for a one-year period

September 22, 2014
C and O Canal National Historical Park to host a public meeting for the restoration of canal operations at Hancock Maryland
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is conducting a public meeting on the Restoration of Canal Operations at Hancock, Maryland, Environmental Assessment. The public is invited to an Open House on September 24, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High Street, Hancock, MD, where the public can review information about the project and ask questions of staff specialists.

September 08, 2014
C and O Canal invites public to comment on canal restorations at hancock maryland
The National Park Service, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, is conducting a public review of the Restoration of Canal Operations at Hancock, Maryland, Environmental Assessment, September 2014.

September 03, 2014
C and O Canal ramps up outdoor education for Montgomery County students thanks to partner support
On Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 11:00, students from Chevy Chase, Maryland, were the first to experience the new curriculum-based canal boat ride aboard the Charles F. Mercer, a reproduction packet boat.

August 28, 2014
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Receives 2014 Ticket to Ride Grant from the National Park Foundation
– Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is one of 65 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Ticket to Ride grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park’s Canal Classrooms Education Program empowers student-driven discovery and learning along 184.5 miles of historic canal towpath. Engaging school aged students in science, math, history, engineering and technology, Canal Classrooms features opportunities to connect with tens of thousands of students across grade levels, content areas and school districts.

August 14, 2014
Sunday Circle Talk at Ferry Hill Plantation Saving History in the National Park Service
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) welcomes visitors to the Sunday Circle Talk at Ferry Hill Plantation (Ferry Hill Place) on Sunday August 17, 2014, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.

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.

July 28, 2014
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Receives 2014 Park Stewards Grant
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is one of 28 national parks selected to receive a 2014 Park Stewards grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. The Park Stewards Grant will support the development of a Citizens Scientists Program at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park developed in partnership with the Washington County Public Schools’ Claud E. Kitchens Outdoor School at Fairview and a South Hagerstown high school science teacher.

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 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...