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Williamsport Visitor Center

C&O Canal Site

The Cushwa Basin, Trolley Barn, Lock 44, Lock House, and Aqueduct located in Williamsport in close proximity to each other allow visitors to witness first hand one of the most famous channels of commerce in the United States. Visitors can visit all of these sites by taking an enjoyable walk on the towpath along the C & O Canal which looks much like it did in the 19th century during its heyday. The Cushwa Basin is also a great point of entry for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and fishing.

The National Park Visitor Center is located in the old Cushwa Warehouse and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 4:30PM (301-582-0813).

Williamsport is the only place on the canal where examples of major canal structures can be viewed within a half-mile stretch. Lock 44, a lockhouse, a re-watered section of the canal, the Cushwa turning basin and the Conococheague Aqueduct are all located in this part of the park. One of the only Bollman Iron Truss Bridges still in existence today crosses the canal at Williamsport.

The town of Williamsport will be the site of the Headquarters of the C&O Canal. Located at the midpoint of the canal's 184-mile length, the Washington County Board of Commissioners has approved a grant to acquire a former lumber yard on West Potomac Street that will be redeveloped into the park's headquarters, currently in an office building in Hagerstown. Read Peter G.'s review of Williamsport Visitor Center on Yelp

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Town of Williamsport

Williamsport MD 21795

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