United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. C & O Canal Maps and Visitor Center Locations Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 06/06/19 Share Pin Email Google Maps This map shows the full length of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C & O Canal) which extends 184.5 miles from Georgetown in Washington, DC to Cumberland, MD. The Towpath along the canal is a popular place for bicycling and jogging. There are six visitors centers along the way, marked by the green and black hiker icons on the map, and many interesting points of interest. While there are dozens of places to access the towpath throughout the region, the visitor centers offer the most parking spaces and other amenities. National Park Service rangers and volunteers are available to answer questions and lead guided activities. See the visitor center addresses below and additional maps to get a closer view of the locations. 01 of 04 Best Places to Access the C & O Canal Towpath Google Map User Tips: The green line shows the southern half of the canal towpath; the blue line shows the northern half; and the red line shows the Big Slackwater detour that connects the southern and northern routes via paved roads. C & O Canal Visitor Centers Georgetown - 1057 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Washington, DC (202) 653-5190 (currently closed for construction) Great Falls Tavern - 11710 MacArthur Blvd, Potomac, MD (301) 767-3714 Brunswick - 40 West Potomac Street Brunswick, MD (301) 834-7100 Williamsport - 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD (301) 582-0813 Hancock - 439 E. Main St., Hancock, MD (301) 678-5463 Cumberland - Western Maryland Railway Station, Room 100, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, MD (301) 722-8226 Continue to 2 of 4 below. 02 of 04 C & O Canal Washington DC Area Google The C & O Canal runs parallel to the Potomac River, beginning in Washington DC and ending in western Maryland. The Georgetown Visitor Center is located 1057 Thomas Jefferson St., NW, Washington, DC, which is south of M Street NW, between 30th and 31st Sts. See a map of Georgetown. You can also access the towpath at several points heading north along Canal Road. The next visitor center is 17 miles to the north - the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center, located at 11710 MacArthur Blvd, in Potomac, MD. This is the largest and most popular destination along the canal. For more information, see a Visitors Guide to Great Falls Park. Heading 54 miles further north into Frederick County is the Brunswick Visitor Center at 40 West Potomac Street Brunswick, MD. Continue to 3 of 4 below. 03 of 04 C & O Canal Towpath Mid-Section Google The C & O Canal Towpath continues north to Brunswick, where the visitor center is located at 40 West Potomac Street Brunswick, MD and then to Williamsport (near Hagerstown) with the visitor center located at 205 W. Potomac St., Williamsport, MD. Continue to 4 of 4 below. 04 of 04 C & O Canal Towpath Cumberland Google The C & O Canal Towpath continues west to Hancock where the visitor center is located at 439 E. Main St., Hancock, MD and then ends at Cumberland with another sizable visitor center located at the Western Maryland Railway Station, Room 100, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, MD. For more information about the area, see a guide to the Top 10 Western Maryland Attractions. To learn more about the sites and history of the national historic park, read Exploring the C & O Canal. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The Complete Guide to Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown Waterfront Park Fun Free Things to Do in Washington, DC See a Map and Directions to Great Falls Park Best Bike Trails in the Washington, DC Area Kayaking in Washington, D.C.: On the Potomac River & Beyond The Best Beach in Every State Exciting Activities in Washington, D.C.'s Georgetown Top Attractions to Experience in Washington, D.C. 15 Great Places to Visit in Western Maryland 22 Historic Restaurants in Washington DC Top 15 Maryland Attractions You Can't Miss Explore Great Falls Park in Maryland and Virginia 14 Great Hotels in Washington DC's Georgetown Neighborhood Best Places to See Fall Colors in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC Things to Know About Washington DC's Potomac River Explore the Outdoors: Recreational Activities Near Washington, D.C.