Camping

Tent camping is available at all of our campsites.
Camping allows you to enjoy the tranquility of the C&O Canal at night.

NPS Photo

Regulations

  • Camp only in designated sites.
  • No overnight permits required for vehicles in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal parking lots. The National Park Service is not responsible for cars or their contents; do not store valuables in cars.
  • This is a trash free park; take all trash away.
  • Quiet hours: 10 pm and 6 am
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.
  • Do no bring firewood into the park; it may be collected from grounded dead material and used in campgrounds only, do not remove wood.
  • Fires restricted to grills and fire rings provided or portable grills positioned off the ground. Coals must be extinguished and removed from the park.
  • Single campsites allow a maximum of two tents and eight people.
  • Do not tie ropes to trees and structures.
  • Do not wash dishes, bathe, or clean fish near wells.
  • Draining or dumping refuse from trailers or other vehicles is prohibited.

Hiker-Biker Campsites

  • No fee; first-come, first-served
  • Stays limited to one night per site, per trip.
  • All sites have: chemical toilet, water, a picnic table, and grill. Please Note: Potable water may not be available at each campsite. Water is treated with iodine. Please plan to have water purification tablets with you. Water is turned off from mid-November to mid-April each year.
Hiker-Biker Campsites
    • Mile 16.6 Swains Lock
    • Mile 26.1 Horsepen Branch
    • Mile 30.5 Chisel Branch
    • Mile 34.4 Turtle Run
    • Mile 38.2 Marble Quarry
    • Mile 42.5 Indian Flats
    • Mile 47.6 Calico Rocks
    • Mile 50.3 Bald Eagle Island
    • Mile 62.9 Huckleberry Hill
    • Mile 75.2 Killiansburg Cave
    • Mile 79.2 Horseshoe Bend
    • Mile 82.7 Big Woods
    • Mile 90.9 Opequon Junction
    • Mile 95.2 Cumberland Valley
    • Mile 101.2 Jordan Junction
    • Mile 110 North Mountain
    • Mile 116 Licking Creek
    • Mile 120.6 Little Pool
    • Mile 126.4 White Rock
    • Mile 129.9 Leopards Mill
    • Mile 133.6 Cacapon Junction
    • Mile 139.2 Indigo Neck
    • Mile 144.5 Devils Alley
    • Mile 149.4 Stickpile Hill
    • Mile 154.1 Sorrel Ridge
    • Mile 157.4 Purslane Run
    • Mile 162.1 Town Creek
    • Mile 164.8 Potomac Forks
    • Mile 169.1 Pigmans Ferry
    • Mile 175.3 Irons Mountain
    • Mile 180.1 Evitts Creek
 
The Paw Paw Campsite with picnic tables and grills
Paw Paw campsite

NPS photo

Drive-in Campgrounds

  • Reservation only, www.recreation.gov

  • $20 per site per night, pass holders may be entitled to additional discounts

  • Trailer length may not exceed 20 feet

  • No RV Hookups

  • Drive-in campsites are equipped with grills, chemical toilets, and water.

  • Antietam Creek and Paw Paw have adjacent parking, but visitors cannot park at the actual campsite. Visitors may not park and sleep in Recreational Vehicles in these parking areas.

  • Stay is limited to 14 days between May 1 and October 1. Stay is limited to a total of 30 days for the entire calendar year. There is a limit of eight people per site.

Group Campsites

  • Reservation only, www.recreation.gov

  • $40 per site per night during peak season, and $20 during non-peak season.

  • Groups with more than eight people need to use the group campsites or register for more than one site in the campground.

  • Mile 11.5 Marsden Tract (civic and scout organizations only)
  • Mile 110.4 McCoys Ferry
  • Mile 140.9 Fifteenmile Creek
  • Mile 173.3 Spring Gap

Private Accomodations

Private accommodations available in many canal towns or stay in a refurbished lockhouse operated by the C&O Canal Trust.

Last updated: May 9, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

(301) 739-4200

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