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C&O Canal National Historical Park

Address: Commerce Street, Williamsport, MD
Phone Number: 301-582-0813
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My kids and I enjoy walking the canal in the summer. It's a nice flat walk & they can explore down near the river. One of the downfalls is a lack of bathrooms/port-a-pots along the trails. The last time we went, we got a couple miles into the walk & I had to go really bad! We had to turn... More 

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Sunbury, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Traveled to Williamsport, Md to check out that part of the canal trail, walked in both directions during our stay- enjoyed the great scenery and well maintained trail, saw locktenders house, locks, aqueducts, railroad lift bridge--all impressive reminders of long ago. We thought it was too rainy to ride bikes but plan to return when weather better. This trail is... More 

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Hollywood, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We loved the walk along the canal. The staff at the museum/gift shop provided an interesting overview of the history and location.

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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a small park in the middle of the C&O Canal. Small museum. Remains of a canal aqueduct, a pretty unique piece of history and architecture (?). There is a non-working lock just south of the parking lot. The canal path is great for hiking and biking. Check the NPS web site for scheduled programs: http://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm . The path... More 

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Now, I know what you are thinking, 'it's a park, it doesn't need amenities.' But it does. It needs to allow all of the little towns along the way to be able to advertise their existence. After riding the GAP trail for two days prior, I was disappointed in this trail. I think it is difficult to enjoy this trail... More 

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a must see if in the area. The bike path is beautiful. Very rich in history with information along the trail. The staff is very knowledgable and very helpful. The kids programs seem like a lot of fun. We saw a group as we were leaving and the rangers were very interactive with the children.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The canals are a big part of American history, and the Williamsport visitor center is one of the places with water in the canal. The visitor's center had a very helpful volunteer, the kids loved the junior ranger program. There is an aqueduct, a turning pool, a lock (1/2 mile walk down the mule path), and a lock keeper's house.... More 

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Lindenhurst, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There is a small visitors center with some videos about the history of the canal. The remnants of the old aqueduct are very close to the visitor center. Remnants of a lock and a lock house are about one half mile down the trail. It is a nice trail for bike riding, but not much to do for tourists.

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Very nice park which boasts great recreational opportunities as well as historical significance. Has a very nice visitor center and there are a lot of great photo opportunities. Will definitely return again for further exploration.

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Gainesville, FL
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107 reviews 107 reviews
3 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The path is well maintained and provides a great history lesson. Unfortunately, it rained every night so some areas were quite muddy, and after a particularly bad storm, several trees were down blocking the path. But maintenance crews were seen working on these issues.

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