Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

National Park Service, Maryland.

Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural, and recreational treasures.

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The park has numerous access points. There is no main entrance. In Washington, DC, the C&O Canal begins in Georgetown on 29th Street NW, south of M Street, and runs alongside Canal Road / Clara Barton Parkway out of DC to the west. The entrance to Great Falls Tavern is at Canal Road and MacArthur Blvd in Montgomery County, MD. Park headquarters is located off I-70 exit 32B in Hagerstown, MD. Williamsport Visitor center is off I-81 at exit 2, near the I-80/I-76 interchange. See the maps page for more.

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