• Coal Cargo Boat in the middle of the Canal being pulled by a mule team on the right hand side.

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

Plan Your Visit

Two people walking along the towpath at Widewater.

C&O Canal Towpath

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Welcome to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Over four million people visit the C&O Canal each year. From spectacular views of Mather Gorge and Great Falls, peaceful walks or bike rides through nature, tours of lock houses and other historic structures, special events, or boat rides on the watered sections of the canal, the C&O Canal offers something for everyone.

Hike the Towpath and surrounding trails

Biking The Canal

Visitor Centers and Lockhouses

Guided Programs

A lockhouse situated next to the towpath surrounded by trees.
The towpath covers 184.5 miles along the Potomac River. The canal included 74 lift locks and numerous lockhouses
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