Camping is allowed only in designated sites.
Marsden Tract Camping is the only camping area that requires a reservation. All other campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis and do not require reservations.
A maximum of 2 tents and 8 people per site except for group campsites.
Group Campsites are located at McCoy's Ferry, Fifteen Mile Creek, Paw Paw Tunnel, and Spring Gap. They are $20 per site, per night with a maximum of 35 people. NO reservations required - first come first serve basis.
Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Pets must be on a leash or under other physical control at all times.
Fires are restricted to the grills and fire rings provided or to portable grills positioned off the ground. Coals must be extinguished and removed from the park.
Firewood may be collected from dead material on the ground but for use in campgrounds only. Do not remove wood from the campground.
Firewood cannot be brought into the park.
For the protection of drinking water, campers may not wash dishes, bathe, or clean fish near wells.
Draining or dumping refuse or body wastes from trailers or other vehicles is prohibited.
Marsden Tract is located at Mile 11 and is reserved for civic and scout organizations. An advance permit is required. A permit can be obtained by calling the Great Falls Fee Office at (301) 767-3731. There is no parking available at Marsden Tract and overnight parking is permitted ONLY at Great Falls (entrance fee charged), Angler's Inn or Carderock Recreation Area.
Fifteenmile Creek group campsite is located at Mile 141 and is adjacent to the Fifteenmile Creek Drive-in campground. The group campsite is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Two youth hostels located near the canal provide outdoor travelers with dormitory accommodations and cooking facilities for inexpensive overnight lodging: Mile 0 Washington International Youth Hostel, 250 beds (202)737-2333. Mile 59 Harpers Ferry Youth Hostel, 40 beds (301)834-7652.
Did You Know?
The Paw Paw Tunnel is 3,118 feet long and is lined with almost six million bricks. The 2/3 mile long tunnel saved the canal builders almost six miles of construction along the Paw Paw bends of the Potomac River. The project took twelve years to complete. The tunnel was only wide enough for single lane traffic.