Law Enforcement Rangers in full uniform standing under a NPS canopy.
Law enforcement rangers representing the National Night Out event in Williamsport, MD.

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The 184.5 mile stretch of the C&O Canal offers many recreational opportunities for families, historians, nature enthusiasts, and the like. Certain rules and regulations must be followed during your time in the park in order to fully enjoy what it has to offer and maintain a safe environment. There are also plans in place that protect the park and its resources in order to preserve the history for many more years to come.

Current Superintendent's Biography

With over 32 years of experience working across a variety of national park units, Tina Cappetta was selected as the superintendent of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in January 2020.

Superintendent’s Compendium

The Superintendent's Compendium (PDF) discusses the closures, request requirements, and restrictions delegated by the park’s Superintendent. Information on permits, natural resources, boat ramp access campsite locations, animal restrictions, and other important rules about park use are in this document. The Map Attachment (PDF) is intended to show closures as well as the general location of the designated first amendment locations at several places throughout the park. (Permits may be issued for other locations as well.)

Laws & Policies

As a unit of the National Park Service, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is goverened by various laws, policies and regulations. Each park is shaped by its enabling legislation, or the law passed by congress that specifically created or designated the area as a unit of the National Park Service. Various other laws, policies, and regulations affect how parks operate.

Other Management Documents:

Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC)

This site is a comprehensive information and public comment site for National Park Service projects. Current park project will appear on the PEPC website and the listing below.


Documents Open for Public Review

    Other Plans and Projects

    An archive of completed projects as well as projects without documents open for comment may be found on the PEPC website.


    Last updated: June 13, 2024

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    Contact Info

    Mailing Address:

    142 W. Potomac St.
    Williamsport, MD 21795



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