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April 20-28, 2024 is National Park Week! During this week-long celebration, national parks across the country provide opportunities for visitors to come together to explore and commemorate these beautiful, natural places.

Each year, the National Park Week kicks off with a “fee-free” day. An opportunity that only comes around six times a year, Fee-free days allow visitors to enter a national park without having to pay the required parking or entrance fee to visit. This year, Fee Free day is April 20, 2024.

Additionally throughout the week of April 20-28,2024, parks across the nation will provide special days and events to honor National Park Week. Below, we have listed a few ways you can join us in celebrating the C&O Canal during our favorite week of the year!

April 21st

National Volunteer Week Begins

Photo by Francis Grant-Suttie

April 22nd

Earth Day

Photo from Pixabay

April 27th

Trails Day

Photo by Trust Staff

National Volunteer Week Ends

Recreate Responsibly

Before You Go-
When you head out into your local national park, please remember to recreate responsibly. Always check for park and weather updates before heading into the Park. Always bring the necessary supplies, such as any water and additional safety gear. Having a backup plan can save you from making difficult decisions later.

While in the Park-
Be kind and respectful to those you meet on the trail. In addition to respecting others in the park, remember to show the Park respect as well. This includes following the Leave No Trace/Leave It Better principles. Please keep all trash with you until it can be placed in a proper receptacle. The C&O Canal is a trash-free park! If you find trash within the Park please exercise caution if you pick it up. Please do not remove natural resources from the park without approval this includes plants, wildlife, rocks, etc.

Additional Ways You Can Celebrate National Park Week:

Stay in a Lockhouse

Photo by Trust Staff

Book Now
Plan Your Visit

Photo by Kelly Hilton

Download the Explorer App

Photo by Trust Staff

Make This Park Shine
Support the Trust

Photo by Paul Graunke

Give Now

Header image by Tim Cristy