To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal becoming a National Historical Park, we are featuring 50 Canal Stories throughout 2021. Each story will take a look at a person’s relationship with the C&O Canal. Whether an NPS ranger, a volunteer, or a visitor, everyone has a story to tell about the canal! If you want to share your story, submit it to us at the link here, email it to us at email@example.com or post it on your social media feeds with the hashtag #MyCanalStory.
Craig Griffin, Volunteer Canal Steward
Craig Griffin: Trash-er-Cise! That is my hobby, picking up trash while getting exercise at the same time. I do this many places but Point of Rocks Boat Ramp in Maryland is my favorite place to trashercise on the C&O canal. Hello, I’m Craig Griffin, a 61 year old retired guy who lives in Herndon, Virginia. I adopted the area about 10 years ago. I like to train watch, fish, and kayak so this is an ideal area for me to volunteer. While my daughter and wife help only on occasion, I try to visit the park at least once a month to remove litter, cut back branches, and move fallen tree limbs.
Lastly, thank you to all the volunteers and staff, many of whom I have met over the years. Together we make the park a better place for plants, animals and humans.