Plan Your Visit

Two people walking along the towpath at Widewater.
C&O Canal Towpath

NPS Photo

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is visited by over five million hikers, campers, bicyclists and history enthusiasts each year. Please be aware there is no main entrance into the park and you won't be able to visit the entire park in one day. There is something different to see at each site along the 184.5 mile towpath!

Park Maps

Directions to Visitor Centers
 
A lockhouse situated next to the towpath surrounded by trees.
The towpath covers 184.5 miles along the Potomac River. The canal included 74 lift locks and numerous lockhouses

NPS Photo

 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

(301) 739-4200
This phone number is answered Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm.

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