This information is provided for general reference. Please contact the park directly for specific park information.
Permits and Reservations
Groups of more than 25 individuals planning an event, demonstration, performance, or similar activity may be subject to obtaining a permit. Each park manages its permits and reservations individually. For regulations, see 36 CFR § 7.96. More about about permits.
Pets are allowed in most park areas, but must be on a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length at all times. Some areas, such as Billy Goat Trail A and the Great Falls Overlook, are closed to pets. Service animals are permitted.
Unmanned Aircraft (Drones, model airplanes, etc...)The launching, landing, or operation of unmanned aircraft is prohibited at C&O Canal NHP.
Contact the NCR Dispatch Center at (866) 677-6677.
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Last updated: April 8, 2023