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Spring Events at C&O Canal National Historical Park

Monday, 4 March 2019

Spring is a wonderful time to explore the wonders of the C&O Canal. Come for a visit and bike or walk the towpath, stop by a visitor center,enjoy the arrival of spring, or attend one of our special events. The park is open daily, and visitors are welcometo join rangers for special events and programs, March through May. (more)

Comment Period Reopened for Towpath Improvement

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The government shutdown had the effect of abbreviating the comment period on the proposal to stabilize a stone wall and raise, resurface, and relocate a portion of the towpath between mileposts 88.1 and 89.0. Commenting will be reopened from February 6 to February 20. (more)

Comment Period Extended for Lock 42 Project

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The government shutdown had the effect of abbreviating the comment period on the environmental assessment for the Lock 42 project. Commenting will be reopened from February 6 to February 20. (more)

Public Invited to Share Ideas about the new C&O Canal HQ in Williamsport

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

[New date] … The National Park Service (NPS) is working with local communities to relocate the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) headquarters from Hagerstown to Williamsport, Md. NPS staff want to hear ideas and thoughts on the relocation of the park’s headquarters to the former Miller Lumber Company site, located in the Williamsport Historic District. There are three...

Public Invited to Share Ideas about the new C&O Canal HQ in Williamsport

Friday, 14 December 2018

[Rescheduled to February 12, 2019] … The National Park Service (NPS) is working with local communities to relocate the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) headquarters from Hagerstown to Williamsport, Md. NPS staff want to hear ideas and thoughts on the relocation of the park’s headquarters to the former Miller Lumber Company site, located in the Williamsport Historic District....

Entrance Fees at Great Falls Parks to Increase

Monday, 10 December 2018

Entrance fees for the Great Falls area will increase effective January 1, 2019. Also beginning January 1, the National Park Service will reinstate a reciprocal agreement allowing visitors who purchase a pass at either Great Falls Park (Va.) or on the Maryland side of the Potomac River at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park to re-enter from the other side while their pass is valid....

Proposal to Repair, Raise, and Resurface Towpath

Monday, 3 December 2018

The National Park surface proposes improvements to the towpath in the area between McMahon’s Mill (milepost 88.1) and Lock 42 (milepost 89.0). Through January 4, 2019, the public is invited to share their thoughts on the project. (more)

Park Service seeks Applicants for Long-term Agricultural Leases along the C&O Canal

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

C&O Canal NHP maintains more than 1,000 acres of agricultural land to preserve historic agricultural landscapes and viewsheds. The Park Service plans to lease 24 agricultural properties throughout Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Montgomery counties in Maryland. The bidding process opens today, Wednesday, October 3, and all applications must be received by Friday, November 16, 2018. (more)

C&O Canal NHP will Relocate its Headquarters to Williamsport, Maryland

Thursday, 27 September 2018

The National Park Service and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation announced that the headquarters of the C&O Canal National Historic Park will be moved to a location adjacent to the Canal in Williamsport, MD. (more)

Public Comment Invited on Towpath Improvement Project in Williamsport

Monday, 9 July 2018

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the open public scoping period for a project to improve the condition of the towpath between McMahon’s Mill to Lock 42 within the Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal National Historical Park. The park plans to rehabilitate an historic stone retaining wall and stabilize the towpath along a 0.9-mile stretch between McMahon’s Mill and Lock 42 in Williamsport, Maryland....

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