Basic Information

While you are planning your visit to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park please be aware of conditions that may affect your visit. Click on the links or photos below or use the navigation to the left to learn more about Operating Hours and Seasons, Fees, Permits and Reservations, as well as River Conditions.
The Potomac River flowing calmly on a misty day.

Current River Conditions

River Conditions are variable throughout the year, sometimes causing trail closures.

Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in autumn reflecting in the watered canal.

Visitor Center Hours and Seasons

Seven visitor centers are spread over the 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal. Each has separate hours and seasons.

Great Falls of the Potomac on a misty day.

Fees and Pass information

Entrance fees are collected at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center entrance of the canal.

Last updated: July 5, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740



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