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.
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has a diverse range of opportunities for our visitors who are interested in volunteering for the park. Whether your interest is in living history, bike patrolling, park maintenance, or staffing a visitor center, the C&O Canal has many rewarding volunteer jobs.
To find about volunteer opportunities or apply as a volunteer, please go to current volunteer opportunities and complete the volunteer form. Thank you for your interest in volunteering.
The Volunteers-In-Parks Program at the C&O Canal National Historical Park is excited to announce its release of the NEW volunteer webpage! This portal was designed in partnership with dedicated volunteers and the C&O Canal Trust. The website offers up-to-date information regarding news and events in the park's volunteer program, provides links to our social networks, has photos of our volunteer projects, and much more!
Visit www.chohvip.org for up-to-date information regarding news and events in the park's volunteer program, photos of our volunteer projects, and much more!
Volunteering in a national park is a rewarding and exciting experience.
Throughout the country, thousands of individuals assist the National Park Service by volunteering their time and talents. These people who work side-by-side in partnership with NPS employees are called Volunteers in Parks, or VIPs. VIPs care about the parks- their past, present, and future- and care about the people who come to visit the parks.
Wherever they work, whatever their job, VIPs help the park service in its challenging mission: To conserve the parks' natural and historical resources and to provide for their enjoyment in a way that will leave them unimpaired for future generations. Following are volunteer opportunities available at the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Click for more information or contact volunteer coordinator, Danny Filer, by phone at 301-714-2218 or email.
Did You Know?
Most freight boats on the C&O Canal were approximately 95 feet long and 14.5 feet wide while most locks were 100 feet long and 15 feet wide. This left boat captains little margin for error as they steered their boats into the locks, trying to avoid the $5.00 fine for damaging lock masonry.