The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal stretches 184.5 miles from Georgetown to Cumberland, Maryland, and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park offers entertainment and recreation options for visitors all year.
From April to October, you can ride along the historic C&O Canal in a boat pulled by mules, and experience the boat rising eight feet in a lock. Park rangers in period clothing describe what life was like in the 1870s for the people who lived and worked floating on the canal.
Cost: $8.00 for adults (ages 16-61), $6.00 for seniors (ages 62 +), and $5.00 for children (ages 4-15). Children aged three and under ride free. Purchase tickets and board the boat at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center at 11710 MacArthur Blvd., Potomac MD 20854. Ten or more people are required to make advance reservations for the boat ride. Otherwise, seats are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Charles F. Mercer boat capacity is 65 people. The boat programs last approximately one hour.
The C&O Canal Towpath is open to hikers, bikers and joggers. No motorized vehicles are allowed.
The park has seven visitors centers spread along its length. The Great Falls Tavern and Cumberland visitor centers are open year-round. Other centers have seasonal hours.