In Winter There is Beauty to Be Found Along the C&O Canal

The C&O Canal National Historical Park has much to offer during the winter months to park visitors who enjoy the colder temperatures. Snow on the ground provides the opportunity for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing and offers a beautiful backdrop for hiking, dog walking, bird watching, and photography. Frigid temperatures usually find folks taking to the ice for a solitary skate or a pickup game of ice hockey. Enjoy winter photos of the C&O Canal National Park, courtesy of our monthly Facebook photo contest entrants.

 

Lock 71 near Oldtown by Michelle Arrington

 

Skating in Solitude by Jennifer Hearn

 

Chilly Day at Great Falls by Michael C. Mitchell

 

Portals of Historic Culvert at Whites Ferry by Paul Graunke

 

A Family of Deer Near Brunswick by Ed Felker

 

Solitary Lock by Gary Anthes

 

Pennyfield Lock by Graham Alloway

 

The Jordan Family Enjoying a Beautiful Winter Day by Judy Welles

 

Snowy Day in Williamsport at Cushwa Basin by Rusty Stone

 

Sunset at Dam 5 by Jennifer Potter

 

View from the Lockhouse by Bob and Sue Stine

 

Frigid Conditions Along the Towpath Near Lock 44 by MJ Clingan

 

Lone Jogger in the Snow by Carole Lewis Anderson

 

While ice skating is allowed in some areas of the Park, it is advisable to use extreme caution when enjoying this activity. Check out the Park’s Winter Activities page to learn more.