• 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

Interpretive Ranger Programs

Photo of Ada the mule during a mule program.

"Meet the Mules" is just one of the many programs offered by C&O Canal Rangers. 

NPS Photo.

Each year the C&O Canal National Historical Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs and visitor activities throughout the park. Please review the following information for a summary of activities and programs by park location.



Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center (301-767-3714)

· Canal Boat Trips & Meet the Mules
Canal boat trips and Meet the Mules are offered spring, summer and fall months only. Contact the Great Falls Visitor Center for additional information.

· Ranger or Volunteer led Hikes, Bikes, Walks
"Living through History" programs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center. Variety of programs that focus on life in the 19th and early 20th century during the C&O Canal's operation. Programs may be indoor or outdoor. Contact the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center for additional information.

· Rileys Lockhouse
Join volunteers in period costume for a guided tour of one of the C&O Canal's original lockhouses and explore the life of a lock-keeper in greater detail. Open most weekends in the spring and fall. For more information please contact the park's Great Falls Visitor Center at 301-767-3714.

Lander Lockhouse Open House
Open Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. mid-April to early October. Closed during Winter Months.

Williamsport Visitor Center
301-582-0813

  • Canal Launch Boat Programs

Offered Memorial Day-Labor Day. This hour long program includes a interpretive led boat program as well as a tour of Lockhouse 44 and Lock 44Please call the Visitor Center for more information.

· Lockhouse 44
Learn about lock keepers and participate in a lock demonstration. Hours vary. Memorial to Labor Day. Inquire at the visitor center for more information. Call 301-582-0813 for more information.

Paw Paw Tunnel Tours
Meet a Ranger at the entrance to the single largest structure along the C&O Canal to learn more about how and why the tunnel was built. For those planning to hike through the tunnel, a flashlight and comfortable shoes are recommended. The tunnel entrance is one half mile from the visitor parking area. Located 25 miiles south of Cumberland, MD off MD Rt. 51 South. For more information call 301 -722-8226. Summer months only

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