Welcome to the C&O Canal National Historical Park

Do you like exploring nature and discovering fascinating tales from history? Spanning from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, MD, the C&O Canal includes 184.5 miles of fun for youth of all ages. Have an adventure outoors or online! Activties are organized by subject and interest. Click one of the images below to begin exploring.
Youth on walking on the towpath.

Explore the Canal

From biking on the towpath, to nature walks, to exciting living history demonstrations, there's something for kids of all ages.

A blend of a 1900 image taken at Lock 33 near Harpers Ferry and present day.

Find Your Online Adventure

Continue your Canal adventure online. Whether you like science, art, history or just having fun outdoors, there's something for everyone!

C&O Canal National Historical Park Junior Ranger Badge.

Junior Ranger Program

Want to become a C&O Canal Junior Ranger? Find out how you can join us in preserving and protecting your National Parks.

Interns at Mile Post 0 in Washington, DC.


Interested in a career protecting natural, historical and cultural resources? Internships allow you to go new places and meet great people!


Find More Fun

  • Youth with instructors rock climbing at the park.

    Events for Kids

    Search events for kids across the National Park Service.

  • Youth petting mules at the park.

    Canal Animals

    Learn about the animals that call the C&O Canal National Historical Park home.

  • Youth observing flora and fauna at the C&O Canal.

    Rare Plants

    The C&O Canal has some of the rarest plants in the world! Learn more about the nature that surrounds the towpath.

Last updated: March 31, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

142 W. Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795



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