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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 »

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?

Many mules work and have worked at the canal through the years.

A mule is a hybrid animal, a mix of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack). Remember, "M" for mom, "M" for mare and "D" for dad, "D" for donkey. Switching the parents will produce a hinny. The mule is the superior work animal, preferred by canal boat captains on the C&O Canal. More...