Things To Do

Kayakers at Great Falls
Kayakers enjoying the canal waters at Great Falls

NPS Photo/Cowan

Over 5 million people visit the park every year! With 184.5 miles of canal to explore, there are many places to visit and many ways to enjoy the park in every season!

If you only have a few hours to enjoy the park, start your visit at one of our Visitor Centers located along the canal.


Things To Do

  • Cyclist on towpath

    Basic biking regulations and tips to ride along 184.5 miles of towpath

  • Tents in a campground

    Want to spend a night under the stars at the C&O Canal? Then you've come to the right place!

  • Kayakers in canal

    C&O Canal offers many recreational opportunities including biking, canoeing, fishing, hiking, and more.

  • Two men holding a fish

    Fishing regulations conform to the license requirements of the respective state where the canal and Potomac River are located.

  • People hiking on trail

    Several park areas have interpretive trails and other hiking opportunities.

  • Man on horseback
    Horseback Riding

    Own a horse? Enjoy the trail! Find out more about where on the towpath you can ride.

  • Picnic table at Spring Gap

    Enjoy picnic tables throughout the park, but especially near visitor centers, campgrounds, and boat launch ramp areas.

  • Aerial view of a wintry river and trees
    Winter Activities

    The towpath can be an excellent place to enjoy winter activities like ice fishing, skiing, and more!


Recreation Guide by Milepost

Sortable data table contains a listing of services by location.
Mile Location Bike services Boat ramp Boat rentals Camping - Fee Area Camping - Tent Canal quarters Canoe/Kayak ramp Fee Area Food Groceries Lodging Parking Picnic tables Restrooms Visitor Center Water Mile Location

Last updated: March 23, 2024

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142 W. Potomac St.
Williamsport, MD 21795



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