• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • 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, Jordan Junction and Big Woods 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.

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 Thursday and 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.
NPS photo

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.