How Your Support Helps the C&O Canal

The C&O Trust, as the official non-profit partner of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, works in partnership with the National Park Service and local communities to raise funds to preserve the park for future generations and to broaden support through programs that highlight the Park's historical, natural, and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities.

Preserving History

Canal Quarters - Seven historic lockhouses rehabilitated and preserved. Over 22,000 overnight guests from 2011 through 2019.

Period Restorations

Point of Rocks - 1830
Swains - 1916

Rallying the Community to Care for the Park

Canal Pride - 11,090 volunteers put 32,845 hours of labor from 2008 through 2019 to help keep the Park in good shape. Value: $940,995.

Hard at Work

Trash Collection

Supporting a Safe, Smooth, and Continuous Towpath

42 miles completed to date - Edwards Ferry to Lock 38/Shepherdstown Bridge. 56 miles to be completed by the end of 2020.



Engaging Underrepresented Communities

Canal For All - Partnering with community organizations to engage Latinx and African American youth to play, learn, and serve in the Park.

Creating Employment Opportunities for Underserved Youth

Expanding employment experiences and horizons through the Conservation Jobs Corps.

Educating a New Generation

Supporting the Park's award-winning Canal Classrooms Program.

Serving Visitor Needs

Bench Sponsorship Program - 51 benches installed to date

Explore all 184.5 miles of the Park with the C&O Canal Explorer Mobile App

Screenshots from the app

Generating Economic Development

Canal Towns Partnership - Bringing economic development through trail tourism to 10 towns along the canal.

Harper's Ferry

Your support makes a difference. Thank you!

Thank you to our 184.5 Mile Challenge Sponsors


Photos by Simon Barber and C&O Canal Trust