Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Lockhouses Along Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park Open For Celebration

Next weekend offers you a great chance to check out the lockhouses along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that sheltered the lock keepers back when the canal was a key transportation route.

Around The Parks: Enchanted Chalet Moved, Shenandoah Science, Park After Dark

Take a look around the National Park System and you'll see historic buildings being moved, citizen science at work, and a wonderful evening gathering around a historical park.

Historic Agreement Aims To Restore, Protect Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A cleaner Chesapeake Bay watershed. That's the goal of a multi-state agreement written to focus on restoring and protecting the bay and its feeder streams. If it succeeds, it would benefit a good number of National Park System units, foremost the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail that touches parts of Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Heavy Rains Causing Problems For National Park Units In And Around Washington, D.C.

Flooding problems, possible sewage overflows, and downed trees were causing problems Friday for Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Rock Creek Park, and other National Park System units in and around Washington, D.C., and officials said things could get worse this weekend.

C&O Canal Trust, C&O Canal National Historical Park Receive ACHP Chairman’s Award For Canal Quarters Program

Canal Quarters, an innovative program that preserves and provides public use of historic lockkeepers’ houses along the 184.5-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, has received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Chairman’s Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation.

Essential Paddling Guide: Chesapeake Bay’s 64,000 Square-Mile Watershed Grapples With Water Quality

Despite its size, the 64,000 square-mile Chesapeake Bay Watershed struggles with pollution problems that degrade its waters.

Traces Of Gold Along Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Gold deposits, many of us assume, are found in the Rocky Mountains or Sierra Range, not along the Eastern Seaboard. But there was a time when gold fever reigned along the Chesapeake and Ohio towpath.

Ranger Robert Danno Reaches Settlement With National Park Service, Takes New Career Path

Almost a decade after a ranger who couldn't believe a billionaire had been given the OK to cut down trees in a scenic easement along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park landed in administrative purgatory, his case has been settled.

Celebration Planned To Mark Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park's 75th Birthday

As the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 draws near, more and more units of the National Park System are coming up on their own significant anniversaries. The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, for instance, turns 75 in September and will be feted with a special event benefit party.

Around The Parks: Hot Times In Death Valley, Teachers At C&O Canal, Yellowstone Visitation, And Riding The Train

The world's hottest day will be recalled at Death Valley National Park next month, while the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is seeking teachers, Yellowstone National Park is watching visitation climb, and Steamtown National Historic Site trains will be running to the Delaware Water Gap late this month.

Around The Parks: Fireflies In The Smokies, Family Days Along The C&O Canal, Hiking In Acadia, Visitor Center Hours At Voyageurs

Summer can't be far off, as the fireflies will be flashing soon in the Smokies, family days are scheduled at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, a hiking adventure will be offered at Acadia National Park, and visitor hours at Voyageurs National Park are shortened a bit due to sequestration.

A View From The Overlook: Forbidden Books

What do The Soul Of Yosemite, The Case of the Indian Trader, and Worth Fighting For all have in common? You won't likely find any of these books in a national park bookstore or gift shop.

A Shout-Out To The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust

Quick, can you name the national historical park that greeted more visitors in 2012 than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Grand Teton national parks, not to mention 383 other units of the National Park System?

"Big Slackwater" Project Completed At Chesapeake And Ohio Canal National Historical Park

After more than 15 years, and $19 million, the 184-mile-long towpath along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal has been restored to its original alignment along the Potomac River.
Worth Fighting For (A Park Rangers Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats and Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder) This is a cautionary tale for those National Park SErvice employees who believe that whistle blowers will be protected from reprisal by their agency; they won’t be. It is also a look at agency behavior that is hard to imagine.

List Of "Most Endangered Rivers" Flows Through National Parks

A number of national parks are clustered around some of the 10 rivers whose health is being threatened by mining operations, pollution, dredging, proposed dams, and other impacts that American Rivers found them deserving to be listed as America's Most Endangered Rivers.
Worth Fighting For (A Park Rangers Unexpected Battle Against Federal Bureaucrats and Washington Redskins Owner Dan Snyder) Did the National Park Service blame the messenger for the message in the case of Robert Danno?

Miscarriage of Justice? A Chief Ranger And Fallen Trees At Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Did the National Park Service blame messenger Chief Ranger Robert Danno for the message he brought to the Interior Department's Inspector General?

White-Nose Syndrome Detected In Bats At Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is the latest unit of the National Park System to have bats infected with white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that already has killed about 7 million bats in the country.
A Photographer Natural beauty in the National Park System is not harbored solely in the Rocky Mountains, the High Sierra, or the Cascades. Drift through the pages of a new book that revolves around the nation's capital and you'll be treated to snow drifts and Swallowtail butterflies in perhaps the most unexpected places.

Flooding Damage At Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park Nears $3 Million

Flood waters that raged along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park caused nearly $3 million in damage, according to updated estimates from park officials.

Heavy Flooding Impacts C&O Canal National Historical Park, Great Falls Park, And Other D.C. Area Parks

National Park Service officials and volunteer crews near the nation’s capital have their hands full these days, cleaning up after a flood.

Cost Savings Mean the National Park Service Can Fund More Projects In the Parks

Favorable contracts on some of the major construction projects the National Park Service has funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment dollars means the agency will be able to afford more projects this year.

Showdown at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

When Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, was last mentioned in the Traveler, it had to do with some tree-cutting he had performed on a scenic easement to improve the view from his estate to the Potomac River. Well, it's time to revisit that story, this time with a happy ending.

Damage from Tropical Storm Hanna Created Expensive Repair Problems at Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

It’s unusual for a national park in the Mid-Atlantic region to suffer tropical storm damage, but that’s what happened last month to Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park near Washington, DC. Flooding due to torrential rains from Tropical Storm Hanna breached the towpath wall, necessitating repairs that could well be in excess of $1 million.

National Park Quiz 19: Trails

You’ll have fun with this week’s quiz, even if you don’t stride or ride the national park trails. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you remove the meadow muffins from our favorite hiking trail.

C&O Canal Hopes to Land Some Centennial Funding

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, NPS Photo
As the National Park Centennial Initiative moves forward, it definitely will be interesting to see how many projects arise and how decisions are made to fund them.
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