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.


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…)

Vote for the C&O Canal Trust in REI’s #UnitedOutside campaign

In celebration of the opening of their DC Flagship store, REI is hosting 100 days of recess with their United Outside campaign and donating $100,000 to five local nonprofits, including the C&O Canal Trust! Each nonprofit will automatically receive $10,000. But with your help, we could turn that into $20,000 or more! (more…)

C&O Canal Trust’s Installation of New Bridge at Marsden Tract kicks off Centennial Celebration in C&O Canal National Historical Park

The C&O Canal Trust constructed a new bridge over the canal at Marsden Tract over the weekend of April 21-24, 2016. (more…)

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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