Current Park Conditions

Alerts

Park Closure


 

Towpath and Park Conditions

Milepost 1–25

Including Georgetown, Washington D.C.; Bethesda, MD; Potomac, MD; Seneca, MD

  • Georgetown Locks 3 and 4 (MP 1)

    Towpath Closed, Towpath detour between 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson Street in Georgetown. The surrounding area will be closed for construction. For more information
  • Lock 7 (MP 7)

    Local detour
  • Rock Run (MP 8.8)

    Towpath Closed, Find a detour over bridges at Lock 10 and 11, and a temporary bypass trail for approximately 0.2 miles between mileposts 8.8 to 9.0.

  • Billy Goat Trail (MP 9.9)

    Open, Section A
    Closed, Section B
    Open, Section C
  • Great Falls Tavern Area (MP 14)

  • Open, Olmsted Island and Olmsted Trail out to the Great Falls Overlook.
  • Open, Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center
  • Open, River Trail
  • Towpath Closed, Due to construction, please use the marked towpath detour at Great Falls upstream of Lock 20. For more information.
  • Bridge Closed, Lock 19, Due to construction, please use the upstream bridge at Lock 20. For more information.
  • Closed, Mule-drawn boat rides. Boat rides resume in 2019 For more.
 

Milepost 25–50

Including Poolesville, MD; Whites Ferry, MD; Dickerson, MD; Point of Rocks, MD
 

Milepost 50–100

Including Brunswick, MD; Harpers Ferry, WV; Shepherdstown, WV; Downsville, MD; Williamsport, MD
  • Catoctin Aqueduct- Brunswick Family Campground (MP 51.5- MP 54)

Towpath Closed. Due to a washout. There is no detour in place at this time due to unsafe conditions on adjacent roadways. From the west, exit the towpath at Brunswick (MP 55), or from the east at Lander Lock 29 (MP 50.9). Please contact Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle at 304-876-3000 or River and Trail Outfitters at 301-834-9950 to arrange for a shuttle around the detour. Construction has begun on a temporary bridge but has been delayed due to frequent high water events. Work will resume when the risk for flooding is minimal and take approximately 2-3 weeks to complete.

  • Sandy Hook Road Access (MP 60.8)

    Road Closed, due to the landslide that took place in May 2018, Sandy Hook Road is closed to local access only. The road will remain closed until the landslide has been stabilized. The road is managed by Washington County.

  • Snyders Landing Parking Area and Boat Ramp (MP 76.6)

    Open

  • Taylors Landing Parking Area and Boat Ramp (MP 81)

    Open
  • Dam 4 Boat Ramp and Parking Area (MP 84)

    Open
  • McMahon's Mill- Burnside Farm (MP 88-89)

    Towpath Closed, due to flooding, this stretch of towpath is closed until further notice. There is a semi-marked detour around the closed section of towpath. From the east, take Avis Mill Road, left on Dellinger Road, left on Neck Road, and a left on Spring Dell Road. This will drop you back onto the towpath. Reverse directions if coming from the west. 3 mile detour. Use caution when coming down Avis Mill Road, road is steep.

  • Williamsport Area (MP 100

  • Closed, Conococheague Aqueduct towpath access, find a marked towpath detour upstream and downstream. Please follow the marked detour route. Learn more about the Conococheague Aqueduct project.
  • Open, Boat rides operating. Call 301-582-0813 to reserve or learn about boat ride operations in Williamsport.
 

Milepost 100–150

Including Big Pool, MD; Hancock, MD; Little Orleans, MD
 

Milepost 150–184.5

Including Paw Paw, WV; Oldtown, MD; Cumberland, MD
  • Paw Paw Tunnel (MP 155.2)

    Open. Phase 2 of construction is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2019. Learn more about the Paw Paw Tunnel construction.

 

Drinking Water Conditions

Updated October 18, 2018

Drinking water is available from mid-April to mid-November at Hiker/Biker and Drive-In Campsite locations, approximately every 5 to 7 miles. Water quality tests are performed frequently by park staff ensuring drinkable water.

On Swains Campground (MM 16.7)
On Seneca Creek/Rileys (MM 22)
On Horsepen Branch Campsite (MM 26)
On Chisel Branch Campsite (MM 30.5)
On Turtle Run Campsite (MM 34.4)
On Marble Quarrry Campsite (MM 38.2)
On Indian Flats (MM 42.4)
On Calico Rocks Campsite (MM 47.7)
On Bald Eagle Island Campsite (MM 50.3)
On Lock 34 (MM 61.5)
On Huckleberry Hill Campsite (MM 62.9)
Off Antietam Creek Campground (MM 69.6)
On Killiansburg Cave Campsite (MM 75.4)
On Horseshoe Bend Campsite (MM 79.7)
On Big Woods Campsite (MM 82.4)
On Opequon Junction Campsite (MM 90.8)
On Cumberland Valley Campsite (MM 95.2)
On Jordan Junction Campsite (MM 101.2)
On Four Locks Picnic Area (MM 108.9)
On North Mountain Campsite (MM 109.2)
On McCoys Ferry (MM 110)
On Licking Creek Campsite (MM 116)
On Little Pool Campsite (MM 120.7)
On White Rock Campsite (MM 126.5)
On Leopards Mill (MM 129.9)
On Cacapon Junction (MM 133.6)
On Indigo Neck (MM 139)
On Fifteen Mile Creek Campground (MM 140.9)
Off Devils Alley (MM 144.5)
On Stickpile Hill Campsite (MM 149.3)
On Sorrel Ridge Campsite (MM 154.1)
On Arbaugh (MM 155)
Off Paw Paw (MM 156)
On Purslane Run Campsite (MM 157.4)
On Town Creek (MM 162)
On Potomac Forks (MM 165)
On Pigmans Ferry (MM 169)
On Spring Gap (MM 173)
On Irons Mountain Campsite (MM 175.4)
On Evitts Creek Campsite (MM 180)

 

River Conditions

 
Raging Potomac River above flood stage.
Raging Potomac River well above flood stage at Great Falls, Fall 2011

NPS Photo

The Park monitors Potomac River levels to determine when portions of the towpath, hiking trails or parking areas might be affected by rising river levels. By visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, you can see a timeline of expected river rises and crests to help plan your visit to the park.

Section A of the Billy Goat Trail often closes due to flooding. Under normal conditions, the trail is closed when the gauge at Little Falls reaches 5 feet and reopens when the gauge falls to 4.8 feet. However, under certain circumstances, the trail may be closed at lower levels. Please call the Great Falls Tavern Visitors Center at 301-767-3714 during regular business hours for the latest information on trail closures.

 

Last updated: October 18, 2018

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Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

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