About the C&O Canal Trust

Founded in 2007, the C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park. Our mission is to work in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the C&O Canal. The Trust engages communities and individuals to realize the Park’s historical, natural, and recreational potential.

Our Mission Statement: The C&O Canal Trust, as the official non-profit partner of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, works in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities to raise funds to preserve the Park for future generations and to broaden support through programs that highlight the Park’s historical, natural, and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities.

The C&O Canal National Historical Park is the ninth most visited unit within the National Park System, welcoming over 5 million visitors a year. (This is more visitors than signature parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon host a year!) The C&O Canal Trust works in partnership with the C&O Canal National Historical Park to raise funds and resources to support maintenance and visitor program in the Park.

We fundraise for two initiatives:

We manage four Partner Programs:

The C&O Canal Trust is a 501(c)(3) organization, and as such, all donation are tax deductible. We need your financial support to continue to preserve our Park!