Plan Your Visit and Explore Your Canal

The C&O Canal National Historical Park contains over 20,000 acres of historical, natural and recreational treasures! The Park is the ninth most visited National Park in the nation, with over 5 million visitors a year – that’s more than Yellowstone, Yosemite, or the Grand Canyon! Featuring a 184.5 mile towpath, the Park is popular with hikers and bikers, as well as paddlers who enjoy the neighboring Potomac River and its offshoots. With over 113 rare and threatened species of plants and animals, over 1,000 historic structures, and a rich history of native cultures, transportation growth, and Civil War conflict, the Park has something to offer everyone!

You can download our C&O Canal Explorer mobile app for a map of over 600 points of interest, driving directions, and much more!

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