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!
184.5 Miles of Adventure!
Fees and Pass information
Entrance fees are collected at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center entrance of the canal.
Hiking and Biking at the C&O Canal
The Canal towpath offers 184.5 miles of biking and hiking. Hiking trails are also found at Great Falls and Paw Paw.
Hiker-Biker and Drive-In Campsites are available every few miles up and down the canal and are open year round.
History of Park People and Places
Discover the fascinating People, Places, Stories and Collections that compose the C&O Canal's unique history
Schedule of Events
Throughout the year celebrations, activities, and presentations are scheduled along the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal.
Information on Field Trips, Curriculum Materials, Professional Development, Canal Classroom Corps, Partnerships