The C&O Canal National Historic Park preserves the remains of the historic Chesapeake and Ohio Canal as well as valuable wild spaces along the Potomac River shoreline from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, MD. The Canal’s entire 185-mile long towpath is restored, open to hikers and bikers year ‘round and is accessible from many points in Frederick County including the Mouth of Monocacy Road near Dickerson, Nolands Ferry, Point of Rocks, Lander and Brunswick. The C&O Canal National Historic Park Visitor's Center in Brunswick shares the building with the Brunswick Railroad Museum. Mule-drawn canal boat and replica launch boat tours are offered at Great Falls, MD, and in Williamsport, MD. Call 301-767-3714 or visit the website for more information. Camping is only allowed in designated sites. Please register vehicle if leaving at a C&O Canal parking lot.
******Important Note- Milepost 51.5-54 is closed along the Towpath. There is no detour in place at this time due to unsafe conditions on adjacent roadways. Trespassing on the CSX railroad right-of-way is both dangerous and illegal. From the west, exit the towpath at Brunswick (MP 55), or from the east at Lander Lock 29 (MP 50.9). Please contact Shepherdstown Pedal and Paddle at 304-876-3000 or River and Trail Outfitters at 301-834-9950 to arrange for a shuttle around the detour. Due to repeated flood events, attempts to install a temporary bridge have been halted. The park is working on a long-term solution.