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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Williamsport Visitors Center, 205 West Potomac Street, Williamsport, MD 21795, USA

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal's situation along the Potomac River, a dividing line between the Union and the Confederacy during the Civil War, made the canal strategically important to both sides. Several Campaigns were fought on or near the canal, most notably the Battle of Falling Waters in Williamsport, Maryland during the retreat from Gettysburg. Stretching 184.5 miles along the Potomac, the park includes six visitor centers in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

 

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Directions

Directions to Williamsport Visitor Center: From East take I-270 north to I-70 west to Hagerstown. Take I-81 north and south exit. (Take exit 26 toward Harrisburg/Roanoke). Merge onto I-81 south toward Roanoke. From I-81 take exit 2 and merge onto Potomac Street/US 11 south. Follow straight to visitor center at bottom of hill, (approximately 1.4 miles)

Visitor Services

Public rest rooms, six visitor centers, exhibits, trails, tours, gift shop, canal boat rides.

Regular Events

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Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Free, call for information on other visitor centers

Hours

Park: Daily: Sunrise to sunset; Williamsport Visitor Center: Wednesday - Sunday: 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.; call for information on other visitor centers

Phone

301-582-0813

Website

http://www.nps.gov/choh/index.htm »

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