Things to Do Along the C&O Canal

At 184.5 miles long and 20,000 acres, there are so many ways you can enjoy the C&O Canal!

Outdoor Recreation


Hike the towpath or one of the scenic adjoining trails.


Cycle along the picturesque Potomac river on the C&O Canal towpath.

Boating and Paddling

Get out on the water for a leisurely paddle or historic boat ride.

History and Heritage


Trip Ideas

Support the C&O Canal

The C&O Canal Trust raises money to help preserve and protect the C&O Canal for future generations. Learn how you can help!


We depend on volunteers to help us preserve and beautify the 20,000 acres of the C&O Canal. Learn how you can help!

Enter Our Photo Contest

Send us your best shots of the C&O Canal and earn fame as the winner of our monthly photo contest.

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