• 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, Jordan Junction and Big Woods Hiker Biker Campsites 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.


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?

Photo of former Georgetown Flour Mill.

The C&O Canal begins in Georgetown. The canal made extra money by selling water to numerous factories in Georgetown to power water driven machinery such as water wheels, etc. Many factories were located next to canal property. More...