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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Association hosts successful World Canals Conference

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By Jane Hanna The C&O Canal Association and Visit Hagerstown hosted the World Canals Conference (WCC) from August 30 to September 2, 2021. Hagerstown was the ideal venue because of…

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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Timeline photosUPDATED: Closure Alert!

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the Olmsted Island boardwalk at Great Falls, MD will close at 12:00 pm on January 16th and the Great Falls entrance road and parking lot (mile 14.3) will be closed on January 17th.

Be aware that ice and snow accumulation can make travel and recreating dangerous. Watch out for fallen branches and use caution when walking or driving on ice. Check our website for current conditions within the park:

NPS photo | Great Falls Tavern in the snow
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