Canal Quarters:
Reserve Your Stay Back in Time!

Due to the National Emergency related to COVID-19, the Canal Quarters program has been suspended until April 30 out of concern for the welfare of our guests, volunteers, and staff. If you have a stay scheduled between now and April 30, please contact us at [email protected]. We are also accepting reservations for future dates. We will continue to monitor local and regional guidance and will make updates to this policy as conditions warrant.

We still need your help! The ongoing preservation of these historic lockhouses depends on steady fee revenue from overnight guests. Please consider donating to the Canal Quarters program during this national crisis.

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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

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 301-714-2233 with questions.

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

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Lockhouse 6

Lockhouse 6
Near Brookmont
At mile marker 5.4
Full amenities


Lockhouse 10
Near Cabin John
At mile marker 8.8
Full amenities

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


Lockhouse 22
Near Potomac
At mile marker 19.6


Lockhouse 25
Near Poolesville
At mile marker 30.9


Lockhouse 28
Near Point of Rocks
At mile marker 48.9


Lockhouse 49
Near Clear Spring
At mile marker 108.7
Electricity only

Map of our Canal Quarters Locations

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