Canal Quarters:
Reserve Your Stay Back in Time!

Our award-winning Canal Quarters program offers a truly unique interpretive experience, allowing visitors to spend the night in a historic lockhouse. When you stay in one of our lockhouses, you have it to yourself for the duration of your stay while you enjoy the beautiful C&O Canal National Historical Park with your family and friends.

Our full amenities and hybrid lockhouses (Lockhouses 6, 10, 21, and 49) are professionally cleaned between each guest. Cleaning staff focus on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, furniture, and cooking implements.

Beginning August 1, 2023, our rustic lockhouses (Lockhouses 22, 25, and 28) will no longer be serviced by a professional cleaning crew. Cleaning supplies are provided for guest use in each house. See the individual rustic lockhouse pages for additional information.

Please select a lockhouse below to book your stay!

We accept reservations up to a year in advance.

Questions can be directed to 240-202-2625 orĀ [email protected].

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“Walking through the front door transports you back in time 60 years. Remove all the technological trappings and you are left with peace and solitude that is rarely experienced this close to the nation’s capital.”
— John and Matt, Canal Quarters guests

Map of our Canal Quarters Locations

Click on each icon for more information.

Welcome and thanks for your interest in the Canal Quarters program! Each of our seven historic lockhouses have been preserved and are available for you and your family and friends to enjoy a night or three! Step back in time and experience what life was like 60, 90, or 150 years ago!

Each Canal Quarter lockhouse has been furnished with furniture and accessories from a different time period, and each tells a different story about the development of the C&O Canal. We encourage you to spend the night at all seven – each provides a unique experience!

Each Canal Quarters lockhouses can sleep up 8 people. They have been used for romantic couples getaways (including some engagements and weddings!), family getaways and reunions, girls’ weekends, scout troop lodging, and a special place for parties, holidays, and celebrations. They book up fast, so be sure to reserve your date soon!

Please browse all seven of our lockhouses, listed at right. You may also wish to review our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the Canal Quarters program and what to expect during your stay. Here is a list of all amenities at all lockhouses.

Also, be sure to learn about our volunteer Quarter Masters, who make the Canal Quarters program possible, and see the awards the program has received!

Please email [email protected] or call 240-202-2625 with questions.

Click on a lockhouse on the right to learn more and to book your stay.

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Lockhouse 6 is a white house with a porch on the side and green grass in front

Lockhouse 6
Near Brookmont
At mile marker 5.4
Full amenities

Lockhouse 10 is a stone house surrounded by green trees

Lockhouse 10
Near Cabin John
At mile marker 8.8
Full amenities

Lockhouse 21, "Swains Lockhouse", is a white house with a green lawn

Lockhouse 21 “Swains”
Near Potomac
At mile marker 16.7
Full amenities

Lockhouse 22 is a home directly on the towpath and is a whitewash brick home with a large tree on one side

Lockhouse 22
Near Potomac
At mile marker 19.6
Rustic

Lockhouse 25 is a small white house on the towpath with two front windows on either side of the front door

Lockhouse 25
Near Poolesville
At mile marker 30.9
Rustic

Lockhouse 28 is a two story white house on the towpath. This picture shows the bridge leading to it over the canal.

Lockhouse 28
Near Point of Rocks
At mile marker 48.9
Rustic

Lockhouse 49 is a large, brick, 2 story home with a walk out basement and a white front porch

Lockhouse 49
Near Clear Spring
At mile marker 108.7
Electricity only