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 »
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?
The Paw Paw Tunnel is 3,118 feet long and is lined with almost six million bricks. The 2/3 mile long tunnel saved the canal builders almost six miles of construction along the Paw Paw bends of the Potomac River. The project took twelve years to complete. The tunnel was only wide enough for single lane traffic. More...