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High Water Causes Closures, With More Likely

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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Parts of the park have been closed to the public due to high water in the Potomac River:

  • Billy Goat Trail Section A and the Olmsted Island bridges in the Great Falls area of the park are closed.
  • High water has covered the towpath areas near Whites Ferry and Edwards Ferry in Montgomery County, Harpers Ferry in Frederick and Washington Counties, and in the Dam 4 area in Washington County.
  • Several park roads are covered with water and are closed.
  • Spring Gap and Paw Paw campgrounds are closed.
Visitors are also being advised that all of the park’s hiker-biker campsites and boat ramps are in low-lying areas and should not be used. The river is still rising and is expected to continue to do so through the weekend, so other areas will likely be underwater soon. Further information on river levels is available on the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrological Prediction Service website for the region. Maryland DNR also has information on the effect of water levels on boat ramps on its website.



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