Paw Paw Tunnel Towpath Open
The rockslide at Paw Paw Tunnel towpath has been cleared. The towpath is now open for hikers and bikers.
Georgetown Boat Rides Suspended
Boat rides at Georgetown are suspended until further notice. For a mule-drawn boat ride please contact Great Falls Tavern.
Support Your Park
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park encourages visitors to help preserve, protect, and enjoy the resources of the park. Various volunteer programs are available for the public to be very involved in park living history, maintenance, or ranger programs.
Bookstores are operated by our cooperating association Eastern National. Please click the bookstore link for more information.
Many outside organizations throughout the area work to support the park.
The C&O Canal Trust is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to work in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal National Historical Park. It seeks to ensure that the park's natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized. The Trust actively works with park visitors, schools, local organizations, gateway communities, and other to build an active and informed constituency for the C&O Canal NHP.
The C&O Canal Trust in partnership with the park will sponsor C&O Canal Pride Days 2012, the largest volunteer event along the towpath!
The Friends of Historic Great Falls Tavern is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide financial and volunteer support to the National Park Service in the preservation and maintenance of the Great Falls Tavern in the C & O Canal National Historical Park. In 2005 and 2006 the Friends raised $550,000 through public and private donations to have built a replica packet boat to replace the old Canal Clipper.
The Charles F. Mercer was donated to the National Park Service at a dedication ceremony at the Great Falls Tavern in September 2006. In April 2007, the Friends donated a new mule, Dolly, to the NPS for service in pulling the Mercer on the canal at Great
Did You Know?
There are several gold mines in the Great Falls area. The largest of these is the Maryland Mine located at the intersection of Falls Road and MacArthur Boulevard near Potomac, Maryland. Gold was first discovered here by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War.