Lockhouse 10

When the federal government purchased the abandoned C&O Canal in the 1930s, it was flood ravaged and suffering from neglect. In response to the onset of the Great Depression, the Roosevelt Administration established two Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps near Carderock, Maryland, just two miles upstream from Lockhouse 10. These camps, which housed African-Americans exclusively, provided work, education, and training for hundreds of unemployed youth. Over the course of 4 years, their labor, along with workers from the Public Works Administration (PWA) and the National Park Service (NPS) helped transform the C&O Canal into a resource worthy of protection and preservation. Their work set the stage for Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas and later generations of conservationists to advocate successfully for the national park which now exists.

Lockhouse 10, which was built in 1830 and originally remodeled by NPS crews in the twentieth century, has been furnished to evoke the 1930s, including its period kitchen and bathroom. It is located on the Clara Barton Parkway inside the Capital Beltway and offers proximity to numerous attractions in the Washington, DC area. Its forested environs are popular with outdoor enthusiasts including birders, hikers, bikers, runners, fishermen and canoers.

*Effective May 31, 2024, the C&O Canal Trust will increase regular maintenance and administrative fees for some of the lockhouses to cover increased maintenance and program costs. These one-time fees for Lockhouses 6, 10, and 21 will increase from $20 to $80 per reservation, and for Lockhouse 49 will increase from $10 to $65. This change will not affect any reservations made before May 31, 2024 or any reservations at the rustic lockhouses (22, 25, 28). All reservations, fees, and donations made to the Canal Quarters program contribute directly to program support and expansion as well as the preservation of these historic buildings. We thank you for your understanding and continued support of the Canal Quarters interpretive program in the C&O Canal National Historical Park.*


Towpath Mile: 8.8
Parking: Available
Price Per Night: $160
Additional Fees: One-time $20 maintenance fee; One-time $20 occupancy fee for groups of 6-8 only
Time Period Depicted: 1930s
Nearest Communities: Cabin John, Glen Echo, Bethesda

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Lockhouse 10

Lockhouse 10

Features & Amenities

  • 1930s kitchen with stove, oven and refrigerator
  • 1930s bathroom with tub/shower
  • Private screened porch
  • One bedroom with full-sized bed and trundle with two cots available in closet, one bedroom with three twins
  • Central AC/heat
  • Fire Ring
  • Easy access to the Capital Beltway
  • Linens and pillows not provided
  • Fireplaces are NOT functional


Lockhouse 10
8250 Clara Barton Parkway
Cabin John, MD 20818
Click here for directions and a map.

Check-In: 3:00 p.m.

Check-Out: 10:00 a.m.

“Thank you! For the most fun time! My girls and I had a wonderful time being transported to another era. We roasted marshmallows and listened to the sound of frogs and owls.” – Canal Quarters Guest

“Both the house and the scenery are beautiful. It was fun to step back in time by playing jacks and pick up sticks, cooking in the period kitchen, and relaxing by the outdoor fire. What a great little gem in DC!- Canal Quarters Guest