Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park – Williamsport

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park - Paw Paw TunnelThe C&O Canal follows the route of the Potomac River for 184.5 miles from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The canal operated from 1828-1924 as a transportation route, primarily hauling coal from western Maryland to the port of Georgetown in Washington, D.C. Hundreds of original structures, including locks, lockhouses, and aqueducts, serve as reminders of the canal’s role as a transportation system during the Canal Era.

In addition, the canal’s towpath provides a nearly level, continuous trail through the spectacular scenery of the Potomac River Valley. Every year millions of visitors come to hike or bike the C&O Canal in order to enjoy the natural, cultural, and recreational opportunities available.

Location: The C&O Canal stretches from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland. Williamsport is located in Williamsport, Maryland.

  • Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park MapField Studies available: Watershed Watchdogs, Exotic Invaders, Don’t Get Sedimental
  • Habitat: Lowland forest; river/stream bank
  • Terrain: A one minute walk to the Conocheague Creek via a slight grassy knoll. There is vegetation at the creek bank which can be muddy. There are several areas along the towpath for Alien Invaders: a 2-7 minute flat walk and plenty of vegetation.
  • Facilities: Restrooms at Visitor Center, 5-7- minute walk.
  • Some sections not suitable for the disabled.


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