Care for the C&O Canal

The C&O Canal Trust is the nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. We work hand-in-hand with the National Park Service staff to protect and steward this important natural resource so it will be here for future generations to enjoy. But we can’t do it with out! Here are some ways you can help:


Our volunteer corps help us with a variety of projects, including trash clean-up, park maintenance, and lockhouse care.

Make a Gift

We fundraise to ensure the Park will be here for future generations.


Purchases from our gift shop support our mission to preserve the C&O Canal.

Stay in a Lockhouse

The fees from your lockhouse stay will contribute to their long-term preservation.

Visit a Canal Town

The towns that line the towpath make the C&O Canal a unique place to visit!

Leave No Trace

The C&O Canal is a trash-free park – take your trash with you and be sure to leave no trace.