• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Towpath Reroute!

    6/14/14- Towpath breach at MM 106, just below Dam #5. Towpath Detour in place (this detour does not leave park property). Please be aware of possible towpath hazards due to heavy rains.

  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Purslane Run, Stickpile, Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campgrounds and Paw Paw Campground water pump handles have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be installed when good water samples are received.

  • 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.

  • Boat Rides at Great Falls

    Regularly scheduled tour times for the mule-drawn canal boat at Great Falls have changed. In July and August 2014 tours will be offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00, 1:30 and 3:00. Please call the Visitor Center for more info: 301-767-3714. More »

Maps and Brochures

Here are a variety of trail maps, site bulletins, and walking guides to help you plan your visit and learn more about the park.

C&O Canal Map

Detail Map Mile 0 to 16.7

Recreational Guide by Milepost

Fossils of the C&O Canal

Park Sub-Districts

Georgetown to Monocacy Aqueduct (Mile 0 to 42.2)

Billy Goat A Trail Hiking Tips

Edwards Ferry

Great Falls Hiking Trails Map

Great Falls Hiking Trail Descriptions

A New Deal on the C&O Canal - a brief history of the CCC at Lock House 10

Pennyfield: Architectural Legacy

Race to the West: Canal and Railroad Clash at Point of Rocks

Monocacy Aqueduct to Hancock (Mile 42.2 to 124.7)

Ferry Hill Place

Williamsport Walking Guide

Four Locks Walking Guide

Hancock to Cumberland (Mile 124.7 to 184.5)

Paw Paw Tunnel

Did You Know?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

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.