• Historic Shot of Canal Boat on the Canal

    Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

    National Historical Park DC,MD,WV

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  • NEW Overnight parking system

    Before parking a vehicle overnight in any Canal Parking area, visitors must register their vehicle through the new online registration system. Print your reciept and place on your dashboard. If unable to print, please visit the nearest visitor center. More »

  • Water Pump Handles Temporarily Removed

    Water pump handles at Bald Eagle Island and Iron Mtn. Hiker-Biker Campsites and Paw Paw Campground have been removed due to bad water samples. Handles will be reinstalled when good water samples are received.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Social Networking Media

Stay connected and learn what is happening at the C&O Canal National Historical Park. We want to connect with you and keep you connected to us, by meeting you at the places you are currently at, and where you expect us to be. Learn more below.

Meet the Team

Wondering who is behind those initials you see in parenthesis after each post we share? To meet C&O Canal's Social Media Team, click here.


Follow @candocanal on Twitter and receive updates on breaking news in the park, social events, and "what is happening now".


It's nearly impossible to keep tabs on all of the events, places, and people within 184.5 miles, until now. The official C&O Canal National Historical Park Facebook page allows you to share your experiences with others and connect with park staff. Each week, we'll share park events, post photos and videos, engage in conversations, ask canal trivia questions, and tell you "what is happening now"!


Are you looking for a picture of C&O Canal for your publication, school project, PowerPoint or next viral video? Go to our Flickr site and download public domain pictures for free. Please, however, credit the appropriate photographer and the National Park Service. We'll be adding images on a continual basis, so check often and feel free to leave comments there as well.


Want to check out all things C&O Canal? Check out a variety of videos on the Canal's YouTube Channel. Here you can see videos made by students, National Park Service staff, and other organizations connected to the Canal. Want to go directly to our YouTube channel? Click Here!


Did You Know?

Photo Maryland Gold Mine.

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.