The C&O Canal Trust is the official non-profit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works in partnership with the National Park Service to protect, restore, and promote the canal. The Trust seeks to ensure the Park’s  natural, historical, and recreational potential is fully realized.

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Volunteer Resources

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal is an exciting park to visit. There are 184.5 miles of towpath and numerous miles of hiking trails to explore. For more information, please click on the map or guide of your choice.

Volunteer Services Agreement

Before volunteering with us, you must have a signed volunteer services agreement on file.

Volunteer Handbook

The ultimate resource on all things related to the C&O Canal Volunteers-in-Parks Program. See Handbook…

Frequently Requested Directions

Click the link for driving directions to points in the park where most of our volunteer events occur. See Guide…

Great Falls Hiking Map

This map highlights different trails in the Great Falls area. See Map…

Map of the C&O Canal

A complete map of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. See Map…

Map of Georgetown to Swains Lock

For a detailed map of Georgetown to Swains Lock,  See Map…

Towpath Guide

A PDF guide to access points and sights along the towpath. See Guide…

Canal Steward Training Manual

A safety guide for Canal Steward Volunteers See Guide…

Superintendent’s Compendium

A compendium of designations, closures, request requirements, and other restrictions imposed under the discretionary authority of the superindendent See Guide…