184.5 Miles of Adventure

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures.

Great Falls of the Potomac on a misty day.

Fees and Pass information

Entrance fees are collected at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center entrance of the canal.

Water flowing over Great Falls

View Great Falls

Hike the Billy Goat Trail, Ride a boat, or Visit Great Falls Tavern

The Potomac River flowing calmly on a misty day.

Current Conditions

Find Towpath closures, detours, and construction updates

Visitors hiking up the 40 foot traverse on Billy Goat Section A trail.

Hike The Billy Goat Trail

Scramble above the Potomac River

Musician performing under tent with audience at Canal Days.

Schedule of Events

Throughout the year celebrations, activities, and presentations are scheduled along the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal.

Ranger stands near school bus delivering students for field trip.

Education opportunities

Information on Field Trips, Curriculum Materials, Professional Development, Canal Classroom Corps, Partnerships

Last updated: June 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740



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