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Support the C&O Canal Trust

The C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP) is one of the nation’s most popular Parks, and the C&O Canal Trust is dedicated to preserving it, not just for your enjoyment today, but for the benefit of future generations as well. We work closely with the National Park Service to fund preservation, conservation, and maintenance projects that increase visitors’ enjoyment of the Park’s historical, cultural, and recreational resources.

Give Now!

You can view our 2023 Impact Report here. Thank you to everyone who gave during the 2022-2023 Fiscal Year.

Our Current Funding Priorities

Our fundraising is currently focused on four initiatives: Towpath Forever, Towpath Resurfacing, Canal Classrooms, and Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Plants.

Ways to Give


Join the C&O Canal Trust as a sponsor! We have a number of sponsorship opportunities each year.

Sponsor Opportunities

Parent and child pick up trash


Join the C&O Canal Trust as a volunteer! There are a variety of volunteer opportunities each year.

Volunteer Opportunities


Browse our books and apparel — all purchases support the mission of the Trust!


Lockhouse 28

Canal Quarters

Step back in time and help preserve history as you spend the night in one of seven historic lockhouses.

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Top image by Jennifer Van de Griek