• 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.

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?

Many mules work and have worked at the canal through the years.

A mule is a hybrid animal, a mix of a female horse (a mare) and a male donkey (a jack). Remember, "M" for mom, "M" for mare and "D" for dad, "D" for donkey. Switching the parents will produce a hinny. The mule is the superior work animal, preferred by canal boat captains on the C&O Canal. More...