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 »
Operating Hours & Seasons
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is open during daylight hours year round. The Great Falls Tavern, Williamsport and Cumberland visitor centers operate year round, while other park visitor centers operate on a seasonal schedule. All facilities are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. For hours of operation, directions and visitor center information please select from the following list of visitor center locations.
Georgetown: Closed for 2014 season,
1057 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-653-5190
Great Falls Tavern: Open Wednesday through Sunday 9:00am-4:30pm
Brunswick: Open Friday, 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00, and Sunday 1:00-4:00
Ferry Hill Place: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Friday through Sunday 10:00-3:00
Williamsport: Open Wednesday through Sunday 9:00-4:30
Hancock: Closed for 2014 season
Cumberland: Open Daily 9:00-5:00
Western Maryland Railway Station, Room 100, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, MD 21502
Did You Know?
Aqueducts are water filled bridges. Aqueducts carried the canal and boat traffic over major waterways, like rivers. Of the 11 aqueducts built along the canal, the Monocacy Aqueduct is the longest at 516 feet, its seven arches constructed mainly of stone quarried from nearby Sugarloaf Mountain. More...