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Home > Visit a Gateway > Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park - Along Potomac River from Cumberland MD to Washington DC
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
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The C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, DC 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, DC, Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal's role as a major Chesapeake transportation system during the Canal Era. The canal's towpath also 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.
Hours: The park is open all daylight hours. Some of the park's six visitor centers operate on a seasonal schedule. Contact one of the visitor centers for current hours of operation.
Fees: An entrance fee is charged at the Great Falls area of C&O Canal National Historical Park:
  • Private (non-commercial) vehicle: $4.00 for 3 days
  • Cyclist/walker: $2.00 for 3 days.
  • Commercial vehicles: 1-6 passengers - $25 for 3 days; 7-25 passengers - $40 for 3 days; over 25 passengers - $100 for 3 days.
For more information about Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park call (301) 739-4200 or visit the following website: http://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm.

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