Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
About the C&O canal
The C&O Canal is 20,000 acres and 184.5 miles long. The canal started being built in 1828 and ended 1850. It connects to other places like the Appalachian Trail. It is also home to what is considered a biodiversity “hotspot”: the Potomac Gorge. The Gorge is home to over 1,500 species, including birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. It has nearly 200 listed as rare or endangered. Inside the park you will be able to find 1,300 historic structures in states of repair. In 1978 the national park was established.
History of the C&O
Old and New Pictures of the C&O
Overview Picture of C&O Canal
Photo shot in 1924 in Floods Williamsport, Maryland
The town of the C&O Canal
Some of the houses people lived in the early times are now used as houses for guests to stay in to feel what its like to live by the C&O
The C&O Canal today
Now the C&O Canal is full of nature and history.