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
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.
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.
Georgetown Visitor Center
CLOSED FOR 2014 SEASON
1057 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW Washington, DC 20007 (202-653-5190).
Established in 1751, Georgetown flourished as a tobacco port until the middle of the 19th century. Because of natural obstructions to transportation further up the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began here its 184.5-mile journey to the reaches of Western Maryland. Explore the beautiful architecture, rich history and vibrant commercial life that Georgetown offers.
From Northern Virginia: Head north across Francis Scott Key Bridge into Georgetown. At the end of the bridge, turn right (east) onto M street. Follow M street to 30th street and turn right (south). The visitor center is halfway down the block on the right. Parking is available in parking garage just south of the canal on 30th street. Buses may park on K Street.
By Metro: There are no metro stops in Georgetown. Georgetown shuttle buses are available from Foggy Bottom, Roslynn, and Du Pont Circle.
For pedestrians, the closest metro stop is Foggy Bottom. From Foggy Bottom metro stop, make u-turn on pedestrian walkway to 24th street and turn right. Take 24th street to Pennsylvania Avenue and turn left. Take Pennsylvania Avenue to 30th Street and turn left. Park is half way down the block on the right. Allow 10-15 minutes for walking. (Approximately 10 blocks).
From Maryland and Beltway: Take Route 355 (Wisconsin Avenue) south approximately 6 miles to K Street and Potomac River. Wisconsin Avenue will end at K Street. Turn left onto K Street and follow to Thomas Jefferson Avenue. Turn left onto Thomas Jefferson and the park is half way up the block on the right. Parking is available in parking garages on K Street and 30th street.
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. More...