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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.

June 28, 2023

C&O Canal National Historical Park Continues Important Work to Protect Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants

Student Conservation Association interns planting smooth rock skullcap at a site in the Potomac Gorge area. Photo by C&O Canal NHP/NPS. The C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) is focused…
June 20, 2023

Five Ways Birding at the C&O Canal Can Improve Your Health

Nature has a profound impact on human well-being. Research shows that spending time in nature and connecting with your natural surroundings is associated with better body and brain health. Now…
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April 17, 2023

Explore the C&O Canal’s TRACK Trails

What is TRACK Trails? TRACK Trails is an award-winning program by Kids in Parks that offers family-friendly outdoor adventures. By following the self-guided brochures and signs, your visit to the…
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…