• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled 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. More »

Photos & Multimedia


Social Media: The C&O Canal has a number of social media platforms that can be utilized for information on the Canal's history and current happenings at the park. Check out all of our different social media pages here!

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Canal Discoveries Cell Phone Tour

Canal Discoveries (Cell Phone Tour): Your portable ranger awaits! Listen to canal stories from your computer or your cell phone.


Canal Discoveries (Podcast): Take a virtual visit to the canal. Listen to podcasts, look at modern and historic photos, read stories, and learn about points of interest along the towpath. Make Canal Discoveries courtesy of our official partner, the C&O Canal Trust.

Living History

Photos: This section of the C&O Canal website is dedicated to all sorts of photos about the C&O Canal. There are images ranging from historical images to nature photos to event photos. Check them out here! Or visit our Park Flickr page.

Historic Mule Photo

Videos: Canal videos feature general information, historically specific videos, and other educational videos. Check out all the videos offered by the C&O Canal here!

Did You Know?

Photo of former Georgetown Flour Mill.

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...