Alerts & Conditions


Recreate Responsibly

To #RecreateResponsibly, the National Park Service encourages you to follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No
Trace principles
 when you visit. 

  • Know before you go. Visit for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home. 

  • Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.  

  • Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot.

  • Know your limits. Consider postponing challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.  

  • Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles. 

Recreate responsibly - Safety tips include staying local, packing out all waste, avoid unnecessary risks, keeping distance from others, and check for more information.

NPS / Matt Turner

COVID-19 Update:

Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, some NPS facilities along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail are temporarily closed.

Know before you go! The following parks and areas along the Potomac Heritage NST may have temporary closures in place. Check our partner websites for up-to-date information before you visit.

The NPS Office of Public Health and the US Public Health Service are closely monitoring the situation related to the novel coronavirus outbreak. Learn more at

Last updated: April 6, 2023

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Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
c/o Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
142 W. Potomac St.

Williamsport, MD 21795


This phone will reach the main line for the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

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