• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    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.

Towpath Breach

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Date: June 13, 2014
Contact: Danny Filer, 301-491-2465

Clear Spring, MD. – Due to heavy rains and flash floods a towpath reroute is in effect just below Dam No. 5, mile marker 106, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) in Washington County, Maryland. Maintenance staff reported to the area immediately this morning to stabilize the towpath and start work. The quick response of park staff will allow for an interim bypass to be completed by close of business today. The bypass around the breach will be located adjacent to the canal towpath and will allow visitors to pass the area safely and without having to leave the park. The C&O Canal remains open to park visitors and the towpath is passable in all other areas.

Please be aware that with the heavy rain this week, there may be hazards on the towpath. Although rain has subsided the towpath will remain muddy for days. Please use caution when visiting the park. For more information and park alerts visit www.nps.gov/choh or visit the park's Facebook page for photos and updates https://www.facebook.com/chesapeakeandohiocanal

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.