There are many access point along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. There is no main entrance. Please visit our directions page to determine how to get to your closest access point.
BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HORSEBACK RIDING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING
Reserve your campsite at these camping areas:
Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails:
Preserving America’s early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures.