• 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.

Canal Quartermaster

The C&O Canal Trust is seeking skilled, motivated volunteers for an exciting new program!

The C&O Canal Trust, in partnership with the National Park Service, will soon debut an exciting and unique program, Canal Quarters, in the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Canal Quarters will provide visitors to the park with an educational and interpretive experience unlike anything available elsewhere in our national park system.

Beginning this summer, visitors to the C&O Canal will be able to learn and experience first-hand what it was like to be a locktender on the 18S-mile long canal and stay overnight in a historic lockhouse.

Lockhouses 6 (Brookmont), 22 (Pennyfield), 28 (Point of Rocks), and 49 (Four Locks) are the first scheduled to open. These original structures, dating from the 1830s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, served as homes for the locktenders, the men who opened and closed the lock gates for the mule-pulled canal boats, and their families.

Canal Quarters will require active and regular involvement by volunteer organizations and individuals to oversee and maintain the structures used by the public. The C&O Canal Trust is responsible for the recruitment, oversight, and recognition of the volunteer corps-known as Quartermasters-with the close involvement and oversight of the National Park Service.

Click here for information on becoming a Canal Quartermaster.

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...