Things To Do Along the C&O Canal

The C&O Canal National Historical Park offers 184.5 miles and 20,000 acres to explore. Opportunities to bike, hike, paddle, and climb abound, and the area is full of history, flora, and fauna. There is something for everyone!

You can download our C&O Canal Explorer mobile app for a map of over 600 points of interest, driving directions, and much more!

Things to Do
April 19, 2019

It’s National Park Week!

Our favorite week of the year, National Park Week, kicks off April 20! This is a time to celebrate America’s treasures, discover history and culture, and help conserve our country’s…
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March 25, 2019

6 Things We Love About Spring on the Canal

Even though it's technically been spring for a few weeks, it sure hasn't felt like it! And while there's still a bit more cold weather to come, the next few…
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February 7, 2019

10 Things You Can Do on the C&O Canal When It’s Cold Outside

It’s February, and spring is still weeks away. Snow may be sparse right now, but it’s only a matter of time. There is so much that the C&O Canal offers…
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December 21, 2018

Your C&O Canal-Themed New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year to everyone! With the holidays behind us, we now turn to achieving those New Year’s resolutions.  Here are some C&O Canal-inspired resolution ideas for you: (more…)
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February 20, 2018

Hiking Spotlight: Billy Goat Trail A

The Billy Goat Trail is one of the most popular hiking spots in the D.C.-Maryland area. It has three sub-sections, but this week's entry is focused around the most difficult…
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July 24, 2017

Experience History With a Ride on the Charles F. Mercer

The 1870s are alive and well in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Experience a history lesson, a unique boat ride, and the famous C&O Canal mules when you take…