Canal Quarters:
Reserve Your Stay Back in Time!

We are pleased to announce that our Canal Quarters lockhouses are open with new protocols in place with your health in mind!  When you stay in one of our lockhouses, you have it to yourself for the duration of your stay, providing you with a fun place to socially distance while you enjoy the beautiful C&O Canal with your family and friends.

We are now having our lockhouses professionally cleaned between each guest. Cleaning staff will focus on high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs and light switches, furniture, and cooking implements. We have replaced the cotton mattress covers with easy-to-disinfect vinyl ones, and we have removed some “touchables” that might be more difficult to clean.

Please select a lockhouse below to book your stay! And please consider an extra donation to help us cover the new costs of frequent professional cleaning.

We accept reservations up to a year in advance.

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

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Canal Quarters gift certificates make great gifts, especially this year, when your friends and family are looking for outdoor experiences and socially-distanced lodgings. Browse the lockhouses below or click here to buy a gift certificate now.

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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

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

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

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