Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in 1961, he sought to preserve an essential part of the United States' development. The park covers nearly 20,000 acres over a stretch of 184.5 miles alongside the Potomac River. Initially, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was constructed to facilitate barges carrying raw materials from the country's interior to the eastern seaboard. The project's target was Pittsburgh, PA, but the development and improvement of trains ended the canal's expansion at Cumberland, MD. Restaurants and shops grew alongside the park, which draws in over five million people per year.

Where to Stay

RV Parks & Campgrounds Near Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is ideal for users of RVs as vacation vehicles. With an RV, campers can enjoy every terrain by parking in an RV campground, exploring the area, and then picking up stakes to move to the next landscape. With virtually no campgrounds for RVs inside the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, campers depend on boondocking or organized campgrounds that sprang up after the park began attracting potential customers. To rent an RV in the area, visit one of the RVshare sites above.

RV Rentals Near Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

With the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park running through large and small communities, there are several opportunities to visit unique shops and restaurants while walking through or alongside the park. In addition, several hiking and biking trails run through sections of the park. Fishing opportunities abound as lakes, ponds, rivers, and creeks wind their way through one area or another of this park.

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How To Get To Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

When a park covers 184.5 miles, there are multiple directions from which to reach it. To explore the park, you must travel from the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, MD, or vice-versa. To get from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, get onto Interstate 270 North (I-270 N) and drive for 30 miles. Take the ramp to the right toward Hagerstown to get onto Interstate 70 West (I-70 W). Drive for 52.8 miles, then take the left ramp to get onto United State Highway 40 (US-40). Go for 36 miles on US-40 to enter Cumberland, MD. Along the drive between Washington, D.C., and Cumberland, MD, there are several outlets where visitors find campgrounds near the park. Taking any or all these outlets grants easy access to one of the most visited canals constructed in the United States. 

Address

1850 Dual Highway, Suite 100, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Fee: Entry Fee (Per Person) There is no entry fee.

Americans visiting Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park enjoy some of the Potomac River's finest views found anywhere along its length. When using an RV, these visitors have the chance to stop along the roadside to enjoy these views. They also can camp in several locations along the road that follows the canal. By visiting RVshare to rent an RV, campers expand their horizons and create a series of memories that will last a lifetime.