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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Get Involved

Bike Patrol

Enjoy riding your bike along the towpath and interacting with visitors? Join the Bike Patrol! This program operates out of the Cumberland, Williamsport, Great Falls, and Georgetown Visitor Centers. Members patrol the canal on bicycle and offer information to visitors, report hazards, and serve as resource protection stewards.  Learn more…

 

 

Visitor Center Opportunities

Volunteers at the C&O Canal Visitor Centers welcome thousands of park visitors every year and provide invaluable information regarding the park’s historical, natural and recreational resources. Visitor centers are located in Georgetown, Great Falls, Brunswick, Williamsport, Hancock, and Cumberland. Learn more…

 

C&O Canal Steward Program

Do you have a favorite section of the C&O Canal? Perhaps it is a stretch of towpath, or a particular historic building, lock, aqueduct, campsite, picnic area, Canal Quarters Program or boat ramp? If so, we could use your help! Become a C&O Canal Steward and adopt a site! Adoption areas available from Georgetown to Cumberland. Learn more…

 

Billy Goat Trail Stewards

Are you an avid hiker and fan of the C&O Canal’s Billy Goat Trail? Then join the ranks of the Billy Goat Trail Stewards! BGTS are well versed in Leave No Trace, and the ins-and-outs of Bear Island. Learn more…

 

 

 

                             Bike Loaner Program

The C&O Canal is looking for volunteers to assist with the Bike Loaner Program, operating out of the Visitor Center in the Great Falls Tavern.  Volunteers help visitors select and make adjustments to loaner bicycles for rides on the towpath.  Learn more…

 

 

Trails and Rails Program

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Harpers Ferry National Historical Park began an exciting new program onboard Amtrak’s Capitol Limited between Cumberland, Maryland, and Washington, DC, in May, 2012.  A recent addition to the National Park Service Trails & Rails Program, this route runs through the Potomac River valley parallel to the historic C & O Canal and through the town of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Learn more…


Roving Interpreters

Share your knowledge (or learn something new!) about the C&O Canal’s unique history, geology, ecology, and more with park visitors! Hike the towpath and trails greeting and welcoming visitors, and provide them with park information. Learn more…

 

 

C&O Canal Trust

Get involved with our official non-profit partner, the C&O Canal Trust, by joining their volunteer efforts!

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Potomac Paddlers Volunteer Corps

The primary mission of the Corps is to have trained, uniformed park volunteers on the Potomac River to assist the park in identifying and reporting incidents, watch out for risky park visitor behavior, and to deliver safety messages to the public about the dangers of the Potomac River in the Potomac Gorge.  Learn more…