Paw Paw Tunnel Towpath Open
The rockslide at Paw Paw Tunnel towpath has been cleared. The towpath is now open for hikers and bikers.
Georgetown Boat Rides Suspended
Boat rides at Georgetown are suspended until further notice. For a mule-drawn boat ride please contact Great Falls Tavern.
Plan Your Visit
Welcome to Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Nearly 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.
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Friendly volunteers and staff at visitor centers can answer questions and help plan your activities. Each visitor center offers different exhibits and orientation films for that area of the park. Join staff for summer hikes, bike rides, or special programs. Younger visitors can participate in the Jr. Ranger program. Whether you're here for an hour or a few days, we hope you enjoy your exploration of the park.
For a complete list of park regulations click here.
Did You Know?
There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.