Towns and Communities Along the C&O Canal

The C&O Canal is bordered by four Maryland counties, nine small Canal Towns, and three Heritage Areas. During your visit to the Park, venture off the towpath and explore what these unique locales have to offer.

Canal Towns:

Planning Your VisitThings to DoTowns and Communities
July 30, 2019

C&O Canal Ice Cream Trail

Welcome to the C&O Canal’s ice cream trail! Find a local ice cream spot near you, or hit them all on your through-ride. Rocky Point Creamery - Point of Rocks,…
NewsTowns and Communities
July 30, 2019

Thank You to Our Canal Towns!

A big thank you to all of our Canal Towns partners who stepped up to fund a daily shuttle around the towpath breach at Culvert 82 (Mile 52.5). Following the…
Towns and Communities
April 2, 2019

Canal Towns Spotlight: Harpers Ferry & Bolivar

Harpers Ferry and Bolivar Harpers Ferry and Bolivar have been an epicenter of historic activity since their founding. Today, visitors can immerse themselves in the historic fabric of these towns…
Towns and Communities
January 30, 2018

Canal Town Spotlight: Sharpsburg, MD

History Sharpsburg has arguably one of the most colorful histories of any of our Canal Towns. In 1763, a man named Joseph Chapline founded Sharpsburg (then called Sharps Burgh) in…
Towns and Communities
May 22, 2017

Canal Town Spotlight: Brunswick, MD

History Brunswick should really be called a “Railroad Town”, but we like them, so they are a Canal Town anyway!  Unlike any of the other towns, the B&O Railroad built…
Towns and Communities
April 24, 2017

Canal Towns Spotlight: Cumberland, MD

Cumberland The C&O Canal National Historical Park ends its 184.5 mile stretch along the Potomac River in the delightful Canal Town of Cumberland, Maryland. Though Cumberland is the end point…