Lockhouse 6

NOTE: due to traffic reversal on the Clara Barton Parkway, check-in is between 2:00-2:30 p.m. for guests who are driving to the lockhouse.  You will not be able to access the house by car between 2:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on weeknights. After 7:15 p.m. and on weekends, the traffic flow is normal. Check-out remains 10:00 a.m.

The vision of the C&O Canal has changed and adapted over the course of its history. The canal’s roots begin with George Washington’s dream of a waterway trade route connecting east and west. After its closure in 1924, a second chance came to the canal in the form of another dream, that of Supreme Court Justice William Douglas. Douglas sought to protect this land as an outdoor sanctuary for public recreation. Set in the 1950s of Justice Douglas’ famous hike to preserve the canal, Lockhouse 6 is furnished with objects reminiscent of the mid-Twentieth Century.

Lockhouse 6, surrounded by mature sycamores, is a fully modern stone house with a covered porch and nearby parking. It provides ready access to Georgetown, the feeder canal, and the Capital Crescent Trail.

*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: 5.4
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: 1950s
Nearest Communities: Brookmont, Cabin John

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See the Lockhouse 6 photo gallery below.

See the Lockhouse 6 photo gallery below.

Features & Amenities

  • Modern kitchen with stove, oven, and refrigerator
  • Bathroom with tub/shower (Note: Bathroom is in the basement, down a flight of stairs.)
  • Private porch
  • Sleeps 8: One bedroom with double bed; one bedroom with two twin and two trundles; Pull out sofa in living room
  • Central AC/heat
  • Easy access to Bethesda, Georgetown, and northern Virginia
  • Linens and pillows not provided
  • Fireplaces are NOT functional


6100 Clara Barton Parkway
Bethesda, MD 20816
Click  here for directions and map

“We felt like we had been here long ago and worked the locks and knew the life of the lock keeper. A wonderful time capsule of America!” – Canal Quarters Guest

“We loved sitting on the sofa flipping through the scrapbook and reading the entries from other folks in the sign-in book.” – Canal Quarters Guest