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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Edwards Ferry Bridge closed to vehicles

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January 7, 2020 For Immediate Release Park Contact: Christiana Hanson, 301-491-6265, Christiana_Hanson@nps.gov Poolesville, MD – On January 7, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will close the Edwards Ferry…

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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It would be an interesting study to determine if these canal clubs largely became a part of the C&O Association, other groups, or faded away once the canal became a park. ... See MoreSee Less

It would be an interesting study to determine if these canal clubs largely became a part of the C&O Association, other groups, or faded away once the canal became a park.Image attachment

CURRENT CONDITIONS: Due to heavy rainfall and strong winds, water levels in area rivers and streams, including the Potomac River, are rising along the C&O towpath.

The following areas are CLOSED or should be avoided:

- Billy Goat Trail section A

- Billy Goat Trail section B (due to trail damage)

- Monocacy Boat Ramp

- Nolands Ferry Boat Ramp

- Point of Rocks Boat Ramp

- Lander/Catoctin Boat Ramp

- Snyders Landing Boat Ramp

- Taylors Landing Boat Ramp

- Dargan Boat Ramp

- Brunswick Boat Ramp

- Four Locks Boat Ramp

- Spring Gap Boat Ramp and Campground

- The towpath between McMahons Mill (MM88.1) and Burnside House (MM 89.5)

All visitors are encouraged to use caution. Do not attempt to cross washouts or high water areas. Remain aware of rising water levels in the Potomac River and neighboring streams. High water may impact low areas of the park, and conditions may change unexpectedly. Be aware of possible debris on the towpath, flooding, washouts, and falling trees.

The National Park Service continues to gather reports to assess park land for flooding, washouts, and other damage. For updated information: go.nps.gov/choh_conditions

NPS Photo: Rain impact near Great Falls Tavern
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