The C&O Canal National Historical Park will be closed for the duration of the government shutdown.

Visiting the Park

During the shutdown, the Park is closed. This includes the towpath and all facilities. Visitation is strictly prohibited.

  • Visitor traffic, whether on foot, bike, or horse, is strictly prohibited.
  • Bicyclists planning rides from Pittsburgh to DC on the GAP and C&O Canal should plan to turn back at Cumberland.
  • All Visitors Centers are CLOSED.
  • Hiker/Bikers and campgrounds are CLOSED.
  • The Canal Quarters lockhouses are CLOSED.
  • All restroom facilities, both permanent and portable, are CLOSED.
  • Handles have been removed from all well pumps. The wells along the C&O Canal must be constantly monitored to make sure that the ground water is free of contaminants. The people who perform this service have been furloughed; therefore, no monitoring can be done. Rather than have people get sick from drinking from these wells, the decision was made to remove the pump handles.
  • The only Park staff that will be on duty will be law enforcement rangers.
  • The portion of the Capital Crescent Trail that runs parallel to the towpath in DC is managed by the C&O Canal NHP and is CLOSED. 
  • All access roads to the Park are CLOSED. This means you will not be able to trailer boats to boat ramps along the towpath.
  • Interpretive and educational programming in the Park will be temporarily suspended. School field trips to the Park will need to be rescheduled once Park staff has returned.
  • Volunteer events and events requiring special use permits will not be able to take place.
  • All volunteers working in an official capacity should cease volunteer activities immediately and not enter the Park's premises.

Contacting the Park

Park staff, with the exception of law enforcement rangers, have been furloughed. They will have no access to email or phone during the shutdown and are prohibited from working; therefore, it will be essentially impossible to reach a Park employee during the shutdown. Please be patient and sensitive to the backlog of work they will be facing upon return.

Contacting the Trust

As the official nonprofit partner of the Park, the Trust works alongside Park staff in their headquarters building.  This building will be closed, requiring the Trust staff to work from home with absolutely no access to their offices.

  • Phone:  Please DO NOT us 301-714-2233 to contact us. We will monitor voicemails left on this line as much as possible, but may not have access to these messages. DO call staff on their cell phones (listed in email signatures) or call 301-396-3033 and leave a message. This line goes directly to a voice mailbox that will be checked frequently throughout the day.
  • Email:  All staff will have access to their email as normal. 
Mike Nardolilli, President
Julie Siler, Director of Development
Jenna Warrenfeltz, Director of Communications and Business Operations
Becky Curtis, Director of Programs and Partnerships
Jane Neff, Office Manager
Canal Quarters Inquiries
General Inquiries

The Trust will work regular hours during the shutdown, but please bear with us as some activities may be delayed because of being temporarily displaced and not having access to our partners - the Park staff.

Canal Quarters Guests

The lockhouses of the Canal Quarters program will be closed during the shutdown. Registered guests that will need to reschedule their stay will be contacted on a rolling basis as the shutdown continues.  We encourage guests to wait as long as possible before calling to reschedule, but if you are coming from out of town and need to make other accommodations immediately, call 301-651-7578.

1850 Dual Highway • Suite 100 • Hagerstown, MD 21740 • Tel: 301-714-2233
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