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.
Repairs slated to begin on towpath near Cumberland
Contact: Daniel Copenhaver, (301)745-5818
Cumberland MD. – The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is pleased to announce that repairs to the towpath just upstream of Evitts Creek Aqueduct near Mile Post 181.2 will begin in February. A large washout that has threatened towpath continuity for some time will be repaired by CSX Corporation. CSX's construction contractor will be working closely with C&O Canal staff to ensure the safety of park visitors as they make repairs. The temporary pedestrian bridge that has spanned the washed out towpath for so many years will be removed.
While the park and towpath will remain open in this area during construction, visitors should expect to experience delays, possibly up to 15 minutes. The park is asking the public to stay clear of the immediate work area and obey all posted signs for their safety. The construction is expected to take approximately 8 weeks to complete.
Did You Know?
The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property. More...