C&O Canal Visitor Center at Georgetown

Established in 1715, Georgetown flourished as a tobacco part until the middle of the 19th century.  Because of natural obstruction to transportation further up the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began here its 184.5-mile journey to the reaches of Western Maryland.  Explore the beautiful architecture, rich history and vibrant commercial life that Georgetown offers.

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Hours

Open weekends, June through August from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Fees are only collected at the Great Falls Visitor Center. Access to other areas of the trail is free.

Three Day Pass

$5 - per private, non-commercial vehicle (include motorcycles, passenger cars, pickup trucks, RV's and vans).

$3 - per person 16 years of age or older when entering on foot or bicycle

Park passes are valid for the date of purchase plus two days at Great Falls Park, Virginia and the Great Falls area of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River.

Annual Pass

$20 - Valid for one full year from the month of purchase. Permits access to Great Falls Park, Virginia and the Great Falls area of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. The annual pass allows entrance for the pass holder and additional passengers in a single private non-commercial vehicle, or pass holder plus three adults when entering on foot or bicycle.

Commercial Tour

$25 - 1-6 passenger capacity
$40 - 7- 25 passenger capacity
$100 - 26+ passenger capacity vehicle

Activities

Bicycling, Fishing, Birdwatching, Hiking / Backpacking, Boating and Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Camping, Ice Skating, Canal Quarters, Nature Walks, Climbing, Ranger Programs, Cross Country Skiing, Wildlife Viewing

History

Established in 1751, Georgetown flourished as a tobacco port until the middle of the 19th century. Because of natural obstructions to transportation further up the Potomac River, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began here its 184.5-mile journey to the reaches of Western Maryland. Explore the beautiful architecture, rich history and vibrant commercial life that Georgetown offers. Step back in time by riding a reproduction canal boat pulled by mules as it travels along the canal through the old warehouse district of Georgetown. The National Park Service offers walking tours of this historic town throughout the summer months on the weekends, and boat rides Wednesday through Sunday during the Spring, Summer, and Fall.

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Last updated: January 04, 2019
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