• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    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 »

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  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

  • Launch Boat Program

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    Ranger Program More

  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

  • Launch Boat Program

    Sunday, July 20, 2014

    Ranger Program More

  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Friday, July 25, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

  • Launch Boat Program

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Ranger Program More

  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

  • Launch Boat Program

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Ranger Program More

  • Ferry Hill Plantation Open

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    Visitor Center open for season More

 
Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center

Great Falls Tavern in the Snow

NPS

Year round you can find special events happening up and down the canal. Check back often for updates to the calendar!

 

Did You Know?

Photo canal boat exiting lock 20.

Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.