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Where to Park for the C&O Canal When Great Falls is Full

By March 24, 2017January 16th, 2019No Comments

Raise your hand if this has happened to you: A beautiful Saturday or Sunday dawns, and you pack your family into the car for an adventure in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. When you arrive at Great Falls to park, the line of cars to get in is a mile long!

A line of cars waiting to get into Great Falls Parking Lot!

A line of cars waiting to get into Great Falls Parking Lot!

To help cure your parking blues, we have compiled a list of other parking options available near the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Montgomery County. Take this opportunity to explore a new and interesting part of the Park!

Click on each link to see a map and get directions. Mile markers refer to towpath miles.

You can download parking locations for the entire C&O Canal National Historical Park here.

 

Downstream (east) of Great Falls. (All parking lots on Clara Barton Parkway are accessible from lanes leading inbound for DC.):

Lock 5 Parking: Mile Marker 5

Small lot off of Clara Barton Parkway, near Lock 5 and the Brookmont Bridge.

 

Lock 6 Parking: Mile Marker 5.4

Small lot off of Clara Barton Parkway, near Lock 6 and Lockhouse 6.

 

Sycamore Island Parking: Mile Marker 6.4

Small lot along Clara Barton Parkway near the access to Sycamore Island.

 

Lock 7 Parking: Mile Marker 7

Small lot off Clara Barton Parkway, near Lock 7 and Lockhouse 7.

 

Lock 8 Parking: Mile Marker 8.4

Small lot off Clara Barton Parkway, near Lock 8 and Lockhouse 8.

 

Lock 10 Parking: Mile Marker 8.8

Small lot off Clara Barton Parkway, near Lock 10 and Lockhouse 10.

 

Carderock South Parking Lot: Mile Marker 10.4

Large lot. Follow signs off Clara Barton Parkway to Carderock parking. Near Billy Goat Trail C and Carderock climbing area.

 

Carderock North Parking: Mile Marker 10.9

Large lot. Follow signs off Clara Barton Parkway to Carderock parking. Near Billy Goat Trail C and Carderock climbing area.

 

Anglers Parking: Mile Marker 12.4

Small lot off MacArthur Boulevard, across the street from Old Anglers Inn and near Billy Goat Trails A & B.

 

Upstream (west) of Great Falls

Swains Parking: Mile Marker 16.7

Small lot. Turn off River Road onto Swains Lock Rd. Near Swains Lockhouse 21, Lock 21, and Swains campsite.

 

Lock 22 Parking – Pennyfield: Mile Marker 19.7

Small lot. Turn off River Road onto Pennyfield Lock Rd. Near Lockhouse 22 and Lock 22.

 

Lock 23 Parking – Violettes Lock: Mile Marker 22.1

Small lot. Turn off River Road onto Violettes Lock Rd. Near Violettes Lock 23.

 

Rileys/Seneca Parking: Mile Marker 22.7

Large lot. Turn off River Road onto Rileys Lock Rd. Near Rileys Lock 24 and Seneca Aqueduct and Creek.

 

Sycamore Landing Parking: Mile Marker 27

Small lot. Turn off River Road on Sycamore Landing Rd. Near Sycamore Landing Boat Ramp.

 

Edwards Ferry Parking: Mile Marker 30.9

Small Lot. Take Edwards Ferry Rd. Near Lockhouse 25 and Lock 25.

 

Whites Ferry Parking: Mile Marker 35.5

Large lot. Off Whites Ferry Rd, near Whites Ferry, with service across the Potomac to Virginia.

 

Dickerson Conservation Park Parking: Mile Marker 39.5

Small lot off Martinsburg Rd. near Dickerson Conservation Park.

 

Monocacy Aqueduct Parking: Mile Marker 42.2

Small lot of Mouth of Monocacy Rd. near Monocacy Aqueduct.