Welcome to the C&O Canal 184.5-Mile Challenge!

The COVID-19 pandemic may have upended our plans for 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun along the C&O Canal. We invite you join us in exploring new stretches of the towpath, and working together to show our appreciation for the C&O Canal National Historical Park by raising funds to ensure the Park remains safe and welcoming today and into the future.

Our challenge goal is to raise $184,500 ($1,000 per mile) by September 15 to make up the revenue lost by the pandemic-related cancellation of Park After Dark, our annual gala benefit. Every dollar raised supports programs and projects in our treasured national park.

Here’s how you can join the challenge:

You can give a gift directly to the campaign by clicking below.

Make a Gift Now!


Participate in or contribute to TowpathGO – a fun run, hike, or bike fundraising event for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or fitness level! You choose how far you want to go, how you want to go, and when you want to go. Invite your friends and family to support you on your personal challenge page.
Sign Up Today!
Have questions? Email our Development Associate Ellen Kinzer at kinzer@canaltrust.org

Picnic in the Park

Would you prefer to support the campaign in a more relaxing way? We invite you to our virtual Picnic in the Park where you “vote” with your dollars for your favorite place in the Park by contributing to a virtual picnic table. [More information coming soon!]

Follow the Journey from Georgetown to Cumberland

All through August and September, we’ll be traveling up the towpath via our social media with lots of fun facts and stories to entice you to explore parts of the Park you have never visited. You can follow the journey via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Progress To Our Goal

Thank You To Our 184.5-Mile Challenge Sponsors!