Camping is allowed only in designated sites. If you are planning on leaving a parked car at a C&O Canal Parking lot, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Visit the registration form here. Print your receipt and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center.
A maximum of 2 tents and 8 people per site except for group campsites.
The C&O Canal is a Trash Free Park. Please plan to take all trash with you.
Group Campsites are located at Marsden Tract, 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.
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.