Stay inside a lockhouse and discover what it was like to live and work along the canal.


Learn what the C&O Canal Trust is doing to save Swains Lockhouse


C&O Canal Trust constructs new bridge at Marsden Tract in Potomac


Welcome to the C&O Canal Trust

The official nonprofit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

Funding Priorities

Towpath Forever

Ensuring that the towpath and its resources are here forever.

Canal Classrooms

Exposing thousands of students to outdoor education programs along the Canal.


Canal Quarters

Step back in time as you spend the night in one of six historic lockhouses.


Canal Discoveries

Learn about the C&O Canal with these Virtual Ranger programs.

Canal Pride Days

Canal Pride Days

Volunteer your time to help conserve the C&O Canal.


Canal Towns

Visit these nine unique destinations that border the Canal.


World Bank has Canal Pride!

On December 1, sixteen volunteers from World Bank participated in a Canal Pride event where they worked on beautification and preservation projects at Great Falls. A small group of volunteers joined Billy Goat Trail Steward Bob King to hike along Billy Goat Trail A, where they removed a lot of left behind trash as well as helped restore some off-trail areas. (more…)

Clark Construction volunteers have Canal Pride!

The C&O Canal Trust thanks the 24 volunteers from Clark Construction who helped to remove overgrown vegetation from a historic wall along the towpath between Locks 33 and 34 this past Saturday, November 19!  (more…)

Swains Lockhouse Open for Free Hardhat Tours November 5

The C&O Canal Trust will be hosting an Open House with free hardhat tours of Swains Lockhouse in Potomac, MD on Saturday, November 5 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (more…)

C&O Canal Trust selected for Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits

We are pleased to announce that the C&O Canal Trust has been selected as a participant in Whole Foods’ Nickels for Nonprofits program! From now until the end of the year, you can help the Trust earn nickels in honor of the National Park Service’s Centennial. Every time you shop at one of the five Montgomery County, MD Whole Foods stores, bring your own bags. Whole Foods will credit you a nickel for each bag you bring, and you can donate those nickels to the C&O Canal Trust! (more…)

Our CFC# is 98180

Thank you, federal employees, for supporting us in the Combined Federal Campaign!

Stay The Night at a Lockhouse

historic-lockhouse-lodgingWhether planning your next thru-ride, a short bike trip, or just a family outing, Canal Quarters lockhouses offer a historic, recreational, and educational experience like none other. Book your stay today!

Enter our Monthly Photo Contest

Get out your cameras! The C&O Canal Trust is sponsoring a monthly photo contest highlighting the best photos you have taken of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Find out how to enter here!


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