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.

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Welcome to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park!

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.

Bicycle with scenic river

Bicycle riding is permitted on the canal towpath, Western Maryland Rail Trail, Capital Crescent Trail, and Berma Road.

Scenic view of the Potomac Gorge at Great Falls.
Great Falls

Great Falls of The Potomac River can be seen from Maryland and Virginia.

A biker rides along a mist filled canal.
Current Conditions

River and towpath information.

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, and partnerships.

Last updated: March 26, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

142 W. Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795



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