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.

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…
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April 21, 2020

5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day From Home

Happy Earth Day! We may all be stuck at home, but that will not stop us from celebrating this holiday. Find out how you can make a difference this Earth…
December 2, 2019

Rare, Threatened and Endangered Plants in the C&O Canal National Historical Park

Because the C&O Canal National Historical Park hosts a variety of diverse landscapes, 219 rare, threatened, and endangered plants can be found here! (more…)
December 2, 2019

Invasive Plants: How You Can Help Prevent Their Spread

One of the most common threats to the natural ecosystems of the C&O Canal National Historical Park are invasive plant species. Invasive species are not native to the area and…
November 22, 2019

Geological Regions of the C&O Canal National Historical Park

If you have traveled the entire length of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, you will know that the eastern terminus looks very different from the western. The Park spans…