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Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD.  The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal's role as a transportation system during the Canal Era.  In addition, the canal's towpath provides a nearly level, continuous trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley.  Every year millions of visitors come to hike or bike the C&O Canal in order to enjoy the natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities available.

Directions: Car - Various sections of the canal can be reached via Routes I-495, I-70, and I-68.   Please see a park map or contact a visitor center for specific directions.

Public Transportation - Amtrak's Capital Limited services the following points along the canal-Washington, D.C., Harpers Ferry, WV, and Cumberland, MD.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
C&O Canal NHP Headquarters
1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD, USA
Headquarters 301-739-420
Official Website
National Park Service
National Park Service
 • Bike Riding
 • Boating
 • Climbing
 • Educational
 • Camping
 • Fishing
 • Hiking
 • Horseback Riding
 • Picnic
 • Restaurant/Snack Bar
 • Water Sports
 • Winter Sports
 • Wildlife Viewing

Other Maryland Vacation Destinations

Discover America: Maryland
State Flag of Maryland Learn more about Maryland, its history, and resources from the Discover America feature from NCBuy Travel.

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