Williamsport Visitor Center

Cushwa's Coal Brick
Photo of Cushwa's Coal and Brick warehouse along the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport.

NPS Photo

Williamsport and the surrounding area has a fascinating history. Situated at the confluence of the Conococheague Creek and the Potomac River, Williamsport was first settled in 1740. In 1790 George Washington considered it for the capital city of the United States but rejected Williamsport because of the inability of large ships to navigate the Potomac to this point. Close by is Falling Waters where the Confederate Army made its escape across the rain-swollen Potomac after the Battle of Gettysburg.

For the first time since 1924, the historic Conococheague Aqueduct is fully operational, allowing a canal boat to pass over the Conococheague Creek. Williamsport is now the only place in North America where visitors can view a variety of canal features in one place, including a lift lock and refurbished lockhouse, a railroad lift bridge, a Bollman iron truss bridge, a canal turning basin and warehouse, and now a watered aqueduct.

Phone: 301-582-0813

 


 
 

Alternate Parking and Towpath Access Points

1. Williamsport Visitor Center (mm 99.7) parking is still available, visitors may cross the Railroad Lift Bridge (adjacent to Rt. 11). This requires crossing a stairway that is equipped with a low bike rail. Due to the Conococheague Aqueduct Restoration project the pedestrain berm was removed to allow water to flow into it. Learn more about the restoration project here Conococheague Aqueduct

2.River Bottom Park (mm 99.6), across the Bollman Bridge, is a good parking area for wheelchair, stroller, and bike trailer access to the towpath.
- Exit the parking lot and head straight up the hill (Rt.11)
Turn right onto N Vermont St
At the first intersection, turn right onto Salisbury St.

This is also an access point for cyclists that need access to amenities in the town of Williamsport. Exit the park by crossing the Bollman Iron Truss Bridge.

3. Lockhouse 44 (mm 99.3), this is also an ADA and stroller accessible parking area.
- Exit the parking lot and head straight up the hill (Rt.11)
Turn right onto N Vermont St
Continue straight onto Canal St
Turn left onto Main St

This is also an access point for cyclists that need access to amenities in the town of Williamsport. Exit the park from Lockhouse 44 parking area.

4. Dam 5 (mm 106.8)
- Exit the parking lot and head straight up the hill (Rt.11)
Turn left onto MD-68 W (N. Conococheague St)
Turn left onto MD-56 W
Turn left onto Dam Number 5 Rd

 

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Last updated: February 15, 2020

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Mailing Address:

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740

Phone:

301-739-4200

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