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Welcome to Canal Towns!
Discover Canal Towns as you experience the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and Canal towpath.


With 184.5 miles of adventure, the C & O Canal was historically the lifeline for communities and businesses along the Potomac River as coal, lumber, and agricultural products were transported down the canal to market. Now these historic border communities and authentic villages welcome visitors to explore and experience their character and main street charm.

Whether you are biking or hiking the C & O Canal Towpath or enjoying the beauty of the Park, you will find the services and amenities you need in friendly and accommodating towns anxious to make your trip a memorable one.

The Canal Towns Partnership is a collaboration of nine communities along the C & O Canal working together to ensure a world class experience for visitors. Through a concentrated business development effort, the towns work to attract sustainable new businesses and expand existing ones to meet visitor expectations and needs. It is regional program creating walkable and bikeable communities that connect to the C & O Canal, thereby encouraging an active lifestyle for residents and visitors alike.
An Economic and Community Development Program
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