February 17, 2017
"The Way We Worked" on the C&O Canal
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) will offer special programming in conjunction with the Allegany Museum and the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “The Way We Worked.”
February 15, 2017
C&O Canal Towpath Closure at Paw Paw Tunnel
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) will be performing a rock scaling project along the towpath at the northern or downstream portal of the Paw Paw Tunnel (Mile 155.2) starting early April 2017.
February 10, 2017
Celebrate George Washington's Birthday
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) hosts Dr. Larry Keener Farley and his 19th-century dance ensemble for an afternoon of Civil War-era dance.
February 01, 2017
Repairs Close Olmsted Island
The C&O Canal will temporarily close the Olmsted Island Trail and Great Falls Overlook in early 2017 for repairs that will improve our visitor and staff safety and better protect park resources.
January 27, 2017
Towpath Closure McMahons
A high water event in the Potomac River has caused the water to crest the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park (C&O Canal) towpath in several locations along the canal from McMahon’s Mill (MM 88.1) to Burnside House (MM 89.5)
January 12, 2017
C&O Canal Volunteers-In-Parks Speaker Series Program Presents “100 Years, 101 Culverts”
Steve Deanwill be presenting a one-hour presentation on the culverts of the C&O Canal Saturday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the C&O Canal in Cumberland, MD.
January 10, 2017
Canal Drains Water Lock 20 to Lock 23
On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) began draining the watered canal section from Lock 20 (Towpath Mile 14) to Lock 23 (Towpath Mile 22).
January 05, 2017
Towpath Closures from Mile Marker 88.1 - 89.3
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O) will be conducting geotechnical testing between McMahon’s Mill (MM 81.1) and Lock 42 (MM 89.2) beginning January 9th, 2017.
December 19, 2016
First Day Hikes
Start the New Year and a new century for the NPS with a First Day Hike adventure on Sunday, January 1st, 2017.
December 01, 2016
Holiday Events at Great Falls Tavern
Come on down to the Great Falls Tavern during the month of December to celebrate the holiday season!
November 28, 2016
Celebrate the Holidays on the Canal
Come stop by the Canal in Western Maryland throughout the month of December for various park events!
November 23, 2016
Cohill Station Bridge Replacement
The Cohill Station Pedestrian Bridge will be closed between November 29, 2016 and December 9, 2016.
November 15, 2016
Towpath Detour at Lock 3
On Thursday, November 17, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) will implement a towpath detour around the Lock 3 plaza located between 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown.
November 08, 2016
Federal Advisory Commission Meeting
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is proud to announce the first re-scheduled meeting of the park’s re-authorized Federal Advisory Commission.
October 28, 2016
Canal Drains Water from Lock 5 to Georgetown
On Thursday, October 27, 2016, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) began draining the watered canal section from Lock 5 (Towpath Mile 5) to Georgetown (Towpath Mile 0).
October 11, 2016
Williamsport Photography Hike
Come out and join park volunteer Steve Dean at the Cushwa Basin Visitor Center in Williamsport on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, for a discussion of canal photography and a short walk in the area.
September 26, 2016
Autumn Ranger-Led Bike Tours at Williamsport
C&O Canal National Historical Park invites you to enjoy the season along the Potomac River each Sunday afternoon this October!
September 20, 2016
Steve Dean Culvert Presentation
Steve Dean will be presenting a one hour presentation on the culverts of the C&O Canal NHP on Saturday, September 24th at 10:00 am in the Trolley Barn at the Cushwa Basin Visitor Center in Williamsport, MD.
September 19, 2016
Georgetown C&O Canal Restoration Kicks Off
Georgetown Heritage and the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) are beginning a multi-year restoration of the first mile of the C&O Canal in Georgetown.
September 16, 2016
Federal Advisory Commission
The purpose of the Commission is to consult with the Secretary of the Interior, or her designee, on general policies and specific matters related to the administration and development of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
September 12, 2016
Campsite Reservation Transition
The C&O Canal will now be moving towards an online reservation system for all of its drive in campgrounds.
September 09, 2016
NPS Receives Grant
NPS receives field trip grant from the National Park Foundation.
September 02, 2016
Paw Paw Tunnel Hill Trail Hike
The C&O Canal will be conducting a ranger led hike over top the Paw Paw Tunnel on Saturday, September 17.
August 30, 2016
Launch Boat in Williamsport Schedule Changes
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will offer launch boat tours in Williamsport through Labor Day Weekend (including Monday).
August 23, 2016
Find Your Park and Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service
The National Park Service is turning 100 years old on August 25 and C&O Canal National Historical Park wants you to join the party! Come visit the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, MD and celebrate with the following free events
August 22, 2016
Celebrate 100 years of National Parks
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Invites you to a Centennial Celebration for the National Park Service’s 100th Birthday!
August 12, 2016
NPS Extends Public Comment Deadline
The National Park Service (NPS) has extended the deadline for the public comment period for an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to September 14, 2016.
August 05, 2016
Water Level at Potomac River Dams 4 and 5
The lower water levels in the Potomac River will be maintained until Monday afternoon on August 8th in order to complete all required inspections.
August 05, 2016
Celebrate a Centennial of Campfires
Sing songs and listen to stories from across America’s National Parks as well as night-time themed canal stories!
July 29, 2016
Georgetown Water Levels Temporarily Lowered
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will begin draining the watered canal section for five days from Fletchers Cove (Towpath Mile 3) to Georgetown (Towpath Mile 0).
July 25, 2016
VIP Speaker Series: Culverts
Steve Dean will be presenting a one hour presentation on the culverts of the C&O Canal NHP on Saturday, July 30th at 10:00 AM at the Ferry Hill Plantation House in Sharpsburg, MD.
July 22, 2016
Water Level at Potomac River Dams 4 and 5 to Be Lowered to Allow Inspection
On August 1 through August 5, 2016, the water level of the Potomac River reservoir impounded by Dam #4 and Dam #5 will be lowered.
July 15, 2016
Centennial of Campfires
Celebrate a Centennial of Campfires at the C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern
July 08, 2016
Strangers Along the Canal: Civil War Encampment
Civil War living history weekend with the 1st Minnesota Volunteer Infantry at the C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center located at 11710 MacArthur Boulevard, in Potomac, Maryland.
July 08, 2016
Paw Paw Tunnel Evening Tour
Looking for the Light – A Night at the Paw Paw Tunnel will take visitors back and forth through time, meeting historic characters from the tunnel’s past, during a 2-mile roundtrip lantern-led program.
July 05, 2016
New Orleans Jazz on the C&O Canal!
Join us at the C&O Canal at Williamsport as we welcome the Centennial Band to Maryland with a family-friendly, free public concert.
July 01, 2016
Independence Day Celebrations at the C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park will celebrate the nation’s birthday on July 1st-4th at the Great Falls Tavern.
June 30, 2016
NPS Seeks Public Comment on Potomac Submerged Channel
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) to construct a proposed offshore submerged channel intake in the Potomac River.
June 29, 2016
Modern Canal History
After weeks of rising expectations, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park is proud to announce the Western Maryland Railroad Lift Bridge at Williamsport, the only bridge of its kind along 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal, has been raised and secured in position.
June 22, 2016
Centennial Artwork Unveiled
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) was pleased to unveil an original painting by internationally known artist Mark Stutzman at the annual Heritage Days Festival in Cumberland, Maryland on Saturday, June 11th, 2016.
June 15, 2016
C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern Events
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) National Historical Park will celebrate the “Good Old Days of the Canal Era” this weekend, June 18th-19th, at the Great Falls Tavern located at 11710 Macarthur Boulevard Northwest, Potomac, MD.
June 09, 2016
C&O Canal Water Drainage
C&O Canal drains water from Fletchers Cove to Georgetown.
June 06, 2016
C&O Canal Celebrates Cumberland Heritage Days and 100 Years of NPS!
C&O Canal National Historical Park will be offering a series of programs on Saturday, June 11, 2016 as part of the annual Heritage Days Festival in Cumberland, Maryland.
May 26, 2016
C&O Canal in Western Maryland Provides Replica Launch Boat Tours and More
C&O Canal in Western Maryland Provides Replica Launch Boat Tours and More Visitor Services Beginning Memorial Day Weekend.
May 19, 2016
Biodiversity Events at the CO Canal
The C&O Canal is joining national parks across the country to celebrate biodiversity.
May 10, 2016
National Park Service Seek Comments on Invasive Plant Management Plan for National Capital Region Parks
The National Park Service (NPS) is accepting public comments on an Invasive Plant Management Plan and Environmental Assessment (plan/EA) for 15 national parks in the greater Washington D.C. region through June 9, 2016. Comments are accepted online or by mail.
April 15, 2016
7th PA Volunteer Infantry
On April 16 and 17, 2016, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will host a Civil War living history weekend with the 7th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
April 06, 2016
2016 Canal Boat Excursion Season Begins
Nineteenth-century mule-drawn canal boat excursions have resumed for the Spring of 2016 at the Great Falls Tavern in Potomac, MD.
March 17, 2016
Irish History Event
Come explore and discover the story and song of the Irish at the Great Falls Tavern located in the C&O Canal National Historical Park on March 19
March 10, 2016
Replanting in Montgomery County
Park will begin replanting at Swains Lock Hiker-Biker Campground and Rileys Lockhouse Day Use Area in Montgomery County.
July 18, 2015
Ferry Hill Plantation in Sharpsburg, Maryland Hosts Events on July 18 and July 25
The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal NHP) announces Ferry Hill Plantation House (Ferry Hill Place) in Sharpsburg will be hosting events on Saturday, July 18, 2015 and Saturday, July 25, 2015, in conjunction with the upcoming National Park Service Centennial.
June 17, 2015
C and O Canal partners help expand outreach to WV youth
On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, local students participated in a check hand-off event with members from Freedom’s Run, Eastern Area Health Education Center (EAHEC), and the C&O Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) at the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, Maryland.