Completed in 1837, Lockhouse 28 stands as a reminder of the fierce competition between the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the race to reach the Ohio River Valley. At Point of Rocks the land between the Potomac River and the rocky outcropping becomes precariously narrow. Both companies knew ownership of this strip of land was imperative to winning the race to the Ohio. Adversaries in the courts for four years, both canal and railroad were given rights-of-way, with the C&O Canal allowed to build next to the river, and the B&O Railroad forced to carve its way through the hillside just above the canal.
Today, Lockhouse 28 is a rustic retreat, situated between the scenic Potomac and the still-active railroad tracks. It is the most remote of the Canal Quarters lockhouses, located nearly 1/2 mile from the nearest parking area.
Towpath Mile: 48.93
Parking: Point of Rocks at towpath mile 48.2 (0.7 miles) or Lander at towpath mile 50.8 (1.87 miles)
Price Per Night: $110
Additional Fees: One-time $20 occupancy fee for groups of 6-8 only
Time Period Depicted: 1830s
Nearest Communities: Point of Rocks
Features & Amenities
- No Heat
- No Electricity
- Water Pump at Bald Eagle Island Hiker Biker Campsite at towpath mile 50.3 (1.37 miles) – Apr 15-Nov 15
- Outdoor fire ring
- Adjacent picnic table
- One bedroom with double bed, one bedroom with two single and “three quarters” beds and two trundles, cot available
- Outdoor portable toilet
- Wheelchair ramp to first floor of lockhouse; no ADA compliant access to second floor bedrooms
- Linens and pillows not provided
- Fireplaces are NOT functional
Point of Rocks, MD 21777
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Please Note: From Monday, June 25, 2018 through Thursday, June 28, 2018, CSX will be working on repairing flood damage to the nearby railroad and will close access to the parking lot at the Point Of Rocks Boat Ramp. The next nearest parking lot to the lockhouse is at Lander Boat Ramp, located about 4.5 miles away. While the lockhouse will not be as accessible to those who need to drive in, towpath access will still be available for through-riders and those that would be able to bike in. Please call 301-745-8888 with questions.