C&O Canal has been home to many mules over the years, including the park’s current team – Dolly, Eva, Jen, and Julie. Each mule has their own unique personality, and they share special bonds with each other and the park staff that work with and care for them. Like people, the park’s mules work until they are ready to retire.
Born: 2003, Virginia
Born: 2004, Virginia
Born: 2013, Kentucky
Born: 2014, Kentucky
The team of mules work approximately eight months out of the year. They are the "engines" of the replica canal excursion boat during public boat programs and provide educational opportunities during the 'Meet the Mules' programs. For a complete list of programs visit the park's event calendar. You can also see more photos of the park's mules, including retired mules, by visiting the photo gallery.
All four of the mules are now featured on park trading cards! The cards feature a photo of each mule and fun facts about their personalities and time at the park. The cards make a great souvenir for anyone who visits the park, meets the mules, or goes on a canal boat ride. The cards are available at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Potomac, MD.
Last updated: February 17, 2023