The canal travels from the coastal plain of Washington, DC, to the mountains of western Maryland. The many habitats along that journey from sea level to the mountains rank C&O Canal among the most biodiverse national parks.
Keep wildlife wild! Please enjoy and observe wild animals from a distance. Photograph all wildlife from a safe distance. Use telephoto lenses and observe quietly. Animals can be very protective of their young and can become aggressive if cornered.
Some animals found in the Park can carry rabies. If you encounter an animal that is acting strangely (for example, a nocturnal raccoon seen during the day) or an animal has attacked you, immediately report it to our emergency Dispatch Center, at 866-677-6677. Please visit the CDC website to learn more about rabies.
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Last updated: November 10, 2020