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.
Current River Conditions
River Conditions are variable throughout the year, sometimes causing trail closures.
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.
Fees and Pass information
Entrance fees are collected at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center entrance of the canal.
Last updated: July 5, 2016