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 and Huckleberry Hill 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.
Photo courtesy of Roy Sewall.
Often people recreating along the C&O Canal towpath can't resist peeking into historic lock house structures in hopes of catching a glimpse of what life was like for those living and working on the canal long ago.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park invites visitors to learn more about life on the C&O Canal by spending the night in a historic lock house. Stretching from the outskirts of Georgetown in Washington D.C. to the Community of Four Locks, west of Williamsport in Western Maryland, six lock houses are available for stay along the towpath. Photos and stories, household tools and furnishings reminiscent of the canal's era convey the living conditions of a lock keeper's family as it may have been during the 1830s, at the time of the Civil War, the turn of the twentieth century, or the 1950s.
Visit the C&O Canal Trust website to learn more about the unique stories and features at each lock house or register to spend a night. Canal Quarters is a cooperative effort between the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park and the C&O Canal Trust, a not-for-profit friends group.
Canal Quartermasters are needed to help with this program. If you are interested in volunteering to care for one of these historic lock house structures please click here for more information.
Did You Know?
Canal historians estimate approximately 35,000 laborers helped dig the canal as well as build aqueducts, culverts, locks, lock houses, etc. It took 22 years to build the canal from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland, MD. Much of the workforce were immigrants from Ireland and western Europe. More...