• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Road to Big Slackwater Boat Ramp Closed

    For 60 days contractors will be replacing the bridge on the road to the the boat ramp. The road will be closed for non-offical traffic. More »

  • 15 Mile Creek Campground closed Evening of May 9

    Attention Campers: Fifteenmile Creek Campground will be closed for repairs May 9th, 5pm to May 10th, 1pm. **The nearest alternative car-camping sites are Paw Paw Tunnel located on Mile 156.1 or McCoys Ferry on Mile 110.4. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • Howard Street Parking Lot Closed in Cumberland

    Starting Mon. April 21, 2014, the paved lot under the I-68 Bridge at Howard St. used for long-term trail parking for the towpath and GAP will be closed for continued bridge repair. Use the gravel lot adjacent to the Footer Dye Works Building instead.

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
11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854, 301-767-3714

Brunswick: Open Friday, 10:00-2:00, Saturday 10:00-4:00, and Sunday 1:00-4:00
40 West Potomac Street Brunswick, MD 21716, 301-834-7100

Ferry Hill Place: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day Friday through Sunday 10:00-3:00
Sharpsburg Pike, MD 21782
For information call the Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813

Williamsport: Open Wednesday through Sunday 9:00-4:30
205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD 21795, 301-582-0813

Hancock: Closed for 2014 season
439 E. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750, 301-745-5877

Cumberland: Open Daily 9:00-5:00

Western Maryland Railway Station, Room 100, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, MD 21502

overview of Lock 20
Lock 20 located at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center.
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Did You Know?

School bus at Williamsport

Our park partners--the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal Association--offer scholarships to schools to pay for buses. More...