C&O Canal National Historical Park

C&O Canal National Historical Park, Williamsport: Address, Phone Number, C&O Canal National Historical Park Reviews: 4.5/5

C&O Canal National Historical Park

C&O Canal National Historical Park
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Easton, PA72 contributions
Not open
Jul 2021 • Family
Visitor center is closed according to the answering machine. Outdoor areas are accessible. The aqueduct is probably the most interesting thing.
Written July 23, 2021
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Lizzy208
Fairfax County, VA32 contributions
Beautiful
Sep 2020 • Solo
I really enjoyed the Williamsport and Dam 5 areas of C&O Canal park. I liked it even better than Harpers Ferry. Definitely drive the 5 miles up to Dam 5.
Written September 6, 2020
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jaimeelsabio
Maryland3,773 contributions
The tow path trail is nice, but the canal itself needs a good cleaning
Aug 2020
We picked up the canal tow path at the aqueduct. The tow path trail is nice and a great place to get out and get some exercise. The canal on the other hand, is nothing but a pool of stagnant water covered with algae. Thought I'd give this section of the canal a try, but will return to Great Falls in the future since the views are nicer there.
Written August 12, 2020
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gostartraveler
Forked River, NJ1,617 contributions
What a great stop!
Mar 2020
This was a great stop with the more than friendly Rangers who swore my kid in as a Junior Ranger and really made the ceremony special. Stamps for NPS passport is here, and so in an overview film about the canal and its importance - just ignore the dated reference to "a few miles from here, the Concorde takes off."
Written April 26, 2020
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SuckaMC59
Forest Hill, MD14 contributions
Well maintained trail
Oct 2019
Great trail for cycling or walking\ running. The trail is shaded. I saw woodpeckers, herons and deer in a multi color lead background. The rangers and volunteers had a great historical display on the Friday that I was there.
Written October 26, 2019
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Fred Boyd
San Clemente, CA585 contributions
Skip it.
Oct 2019 • Solo
I thought there was nothing really to see here. Also, it just wasn’t that pretty. The one thing that was interesting was that it was dug by hand. Skip it.
Written October 25, 2019
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doublemdoublet
Clifton, VA1,011 contributions
A Q U A D U C T fans
Oct 2019 • Couples
It’s an historic water-filled bridge, part of the C&O to float canal boats 40’ feet above the Creek below. Some people find that awe-inspiring. The Greeks & Roman’s figured aquaducts out. So did early Americans. Still a marvel as it’s just been restored by the Park Service.
Written October 6, 2019
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wunderlustsoul
Paradise, TX65 contributions
Great walking trails
Aug 2019
The trails for bike riding and walking are excellent. Nicely shaded and well worn. We enjoyed a several mile walk with our goldendoodle before we turned around.
Written September 9, 2019
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beengland
Columbia, MD160 contributions
Newly opened bridge and restored viaduct!
Aug 2019
What a great place to checkout! Interesting exhibits on Canal life. Newly restored viaduct! Bridge to the Potomac River. On top of this what our Grandchildren (11 and 13) found fascinating was the decommissioned coal power plant! (2012) The plant is only a 10 minute walk from the parking lot and it’s intriguing to speculate what could be done with the plant and surrounding land. Our Grandchildren said they thought to would make a great adventure park. Which is interesting because they have done that to a steel mill in Germany! There is also a lock where you can cross to the other side. If you want a short boat ride then you should book up in advance, they had sold out when we went on a Sunday.
Written August 28, 2019
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dkorwood
Navarre, FL1,867 contributions
Hidden Gem in National Park system
Aug 2019
This is a park with something for everyone (except with only limited access for those who are non-ambulatory).
Restored aqueduct (opened Aug 8,2019) is the only watered aqueduct in America and you can enjoy a complimentary ride across it on replica pleasure boat from the 1880s.
They converted a railroad lift bridge (only remaining example in America) into the crossing to the tow path. There is a bike lane up the stairs and there are free lending bikes and helmets if you don’t bring your own.
A few hundred feet to Potomac River access, also.
Gift shop and museum is small but very nice and has some interesting photos.
Highly recommend this park. Closed Monday and Tuesday but still access to bike and walk on the tow path. Just no boat rides, bike lends, museum or gift shop.
Written August 9, 2019
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