• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Evitts Creek Hiker-Biker Campground water pump handle has been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled 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 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.

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.


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...