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Nature Along the C&O Canal

The C&O Canal National Historical Park protects hundreds of plans and animals in its 184.5 miles and 20,000 acres of park land. Learn more about these protected resources below.

March 30, 2023

The Importance of Native Plants

Bloodroot photo by Trust Staff Native plants are an essential part of the ecosystem in the C&O Canal National Historcal Park (NHP), which is one of the most biologically diverse…
January 26, 2023

Where do the Turtles Go During the Winter?

Take a walk on the C&O Canal towpath in the spring or summer and you're likely to spot turtles sunning themselves on logs in the canal or perhaps along the…
June 23, 2022

Pollinators Along the C&O Canal

June is National Pollinators Month, the perfect time to emphasize the important relationship between pollinators and native plants. One of the things that makes the C&O Canal National Historical Park…
April 29, 2022

Spring Blossoms on the C&O Canal

Bluebells along C&O Near Lock 51 by Cathy Hoyt Spring is a beautiful time of year to explore the C&O Canal National Historical Park. As nature begins to awaken from…
October 15, 2020

Top 5 Photographed Turtle Species on the C&O Canal

Almost every month during our monthly photo contest, we receive at least one turtle photo submission. There is just something about seeing a group of turtles basking in the sun…
October 8, 2020

Bird is the Word on the C&O Canal

Calling all bird enthusiasts! If you love bird watching, the C&O Canal is the spot. The canal is home to over 120 species of birds, according the NPS website. We…