Things to Do in the C&O Canal National Historical Park

At 184.5 miles long and 20,000 acres, there are so many ways you can enjoy the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP)!

Outdoor Recreation


Hike the towpath or one of the scenic adjoining trails.


Cycle along the picturesque Potomac River on the C&O Canal towpath.

Boating and Paddling

Get out on the water for a leisurely paddle or historic boat ride.

History and Heritage

Places to Explore


A visit to the C&O Canal isn’t complete without visiting its surrounding communities. Museums, breweries, wineries, farms, shopping, dining, and more await!

See, hear, and even taste the area’s authentic heritage — experience the stories of the people, the land, and the waters of Maryland.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Support the C&O Canal NHP

The C&O Canal Trust raises money to help preserve and protect the C&O Canal NHP for future generations. Learn how you can help!


We depend on volunteers to help us preserve and beautify the 20,000 acres of the C&O Canal NHP. Learn how you can help!

Enter Our Photo Contest

Send us your best shots of the C&O Canal NHP and earn fame as the winner of our monthly photo contest.

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