• 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 »

Safety Hazards Reporting System

Often visitors to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park are the first to encounter a safety hazard. If you have ever visited the park and noticed a hazardous condition that could result in injury please report this safety concern to National Park Service staff by utilizing the HAZARDS Reporting System. The HAZARDS Reporting System was designed to provide visitors with a quick and effective method for notifying park staff of safety concerns.

To report a safety concern, please click on the HAZARDS link at the bottom of the page. You will be asked to provide contact information along with a short description of the safety concern, location (by nearest towpath milepost) and the date you encountered the hazard.

If you encounter a life-threatening emergency while visiting the park, please call 911 or contact the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park's Emergency Hotline 1-866-677-6677.

Thank you for your assistance.

HAZARDS

Did You Know?

Photo canal boat exiting lock 20.

Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.