This website is mostly focused on a visual record of the canal, there's so much I haven't told you!  If you really want to know more about the canal, check these links, you'll find them invaluable guides.

National Park Service

Click on the National Park Service logo for the canal's history and current information on park operations. Other subjects covered by this site:

  • Trails and Visitor Centers
  • Fishing and Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Camping
  • Park Maps in PDF Format

C & O Canal Association

Home of the C & O Canal Association. Interested in becoming a level walker? The Level Walker Program is a unique way for individuals to help protect and preserve the canal. Members are assigned specific sections of the towpath which they monitor and, in effect, become experts about the history, geology and culture of these sections.

I would definitely recommend their Access Points page, it tells you all the different parts of the canal that are accessible by car.

C&O Canal Adventures

This is a hiking blog that is usually about sites along the C & O Canal.

Bike Washington

Click on the frog for a guide to bicycling on the canal by the guy who's done the whole thing twice. It covers planning your trip, best time of year to start and other practical info. Each twenty mile stretch has its own section covering points of interest, camp sites available, food, water and lodging.

Kathy Bilton

Click on the turtle for Kathy Bilton's massive collection of links to everything Canal-ish. The sheer number of links is most impressive. One feature that makes her site unique is the News and Events section.

Canal Quarters

Are you interested in staying overnight in a canal lockhouse? Some of them are available! The maximum occupancy of each lockhouse is 8. Visitors must provide their own linens. Every lockhouse comes equipped with beds, dishes and utensils for eating. Different lockhouses have different amenities.

Sierra Club's Annual One Day Hike

Each year around early spring, there's a 100 KM (63 miles) hike from the Thompson Boat Center at mile 0 to the American Youth Hostel near Harpers Ferry. You have one day to complete it. It starts early--2:30 a.m. and ends around midnight (if you make it.) If you see a hiker with the patch pictured on the left, you'll know he passed the ultimate test of hiking manliness.

B&O RR Photo Tours

The history of the canal runs parallel with the history of the B&O Railroad. You can check Steve Okonski's B&O RR Photo Tours site for a mile-by-mile guided tour of the B&O routes heading out from Baltimore. Each photo is accompanied by a description, map location and more.