Protecting the Canal since 1954

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Association is an independent, all-volunteer citizens organization established in 1954 to help conserve the natural and historical environment of the C&O Canal and the Potomac River Basin. The association works with the National Park Service in its efforts to preserve and promote the 184-mile towpath.
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Annual meeting will be virtual March 20

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The C&O Canal Association annual meeting will be held 2 p.m. March 20. Because of the pandemic, the meeting will be virtual. The meeting will use Zoom video conference software.…

Paw Paw Construction and Closure

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National Park Service will begin work to improve safety near the Paw Paw Tunnel on Nov. 25 Through hikers and bicyclists will use bypass trail until mid-2022  Chesapeake & Ohio…
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Closure alert: The wooden footbridge (mile 61.1) linking the C&O Canal towpath to Harpers Ferry Rd. & the Maryland Heights trailhead is closed for repairs. Hikers can go 0.2 miles further to the next footbridge (61.3.), cross to Harpers Ferry Rd., & walk on the road shoulder to trailhead.

The C&O Canal NHP maintenance team is working with Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to direct hikers to the appropriate route.
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