• 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 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. More »


Volunteer at the C&O Canal

NPS Photo

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!

Photo of Billy Goat Trail Steward.

Volunteering in a national park is a rewarding and exciting experience.

NPS Photo

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?

School bus at Williamsport

Our park partners--the C&O Canal Trust and the C&O Canal Association--offer scholarships to schools to pay for buses. More...