The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park joining the National Park Service system. The C&O Canal National Historical Park preserves and interprets the 19th-century transportation canal from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland, and its associated scenic, natural, and cultural resources. It also provides visitors with a wealth of opportunities for education and outdoor recreation along its 184.5 miles and 20,000 acres.

Recent 50th Anniversary News

September 12, 2021: A Picnic in the Park, a celebration and fundraiser for the Park’s 50th anniversary was held at Carderock Pavilion. Check back in for highlights from the event!

March 1, 2021: C&O Canal Trust Announces Creation of Apparel Line in Partnership with Maryland-Based Route One Apparel

February 10, 2021: C&O Canal Photo Competition Announced, See Call for Photographers

February 3, 2021: Eleven Local Breweries Release C&O Canal-Themed Beers to Kick Off Libations Trail in Celebration of the C&O Canal National Historical Park’s 50th Anniversary

Plan Your Visit

Access an interactive map, itineraries and trip ideas, and a mobile app to help you plan your visit to the C&O Canal.

Next 50 Years Campaign

Help ensure that, like us, future generations experience a safe, beautiful, and welcoming C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Canal Stories

Everyone has a story about the C&O Canal. For our 50th anniversary, we take a look at 50 of them. What is yours? Tell us at #MyCanalStory.

C&O Canal Experience

No visit to the C&O Canal is complete without exploring the museums, breweries, wineries, farms, shops, and restaurants in and around the towpath.

50th Anniversary Events

A variety of events are scheduled for the C&O Canal’s anniversary year.

Deals and Special Offers

Our partners have created special offers and deals for C&O Canal visitors – check them out!

Trip Ideas for Your C&O Canal Visit

Other Ways to Get Involved

Support the C&O Canal

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

Enter Our Photo Contest

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

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