C & O Canal National Park Camping

Camping at the primitive Hiker-Biker campsites along the C & O Canal NHP is free of charge and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Drive-In and Drive-In/Walk-In campsites charge a fee and now require advance reservations which can be made at www.recreation.gov. Reservations are also required for the group campsite at Marsden Tract.

One family or camping unit is allowed for each site. The park defines family as one head of household and immediate family. A camping unit consists of a non-family group of up to eight people.


Important Infomation:
  • The C&O Canal is a trash free park. Please plan to take all trash with you.
  • Quiet hours are between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
  • Pets must be on a leash or under other physical control at all times.
  • Firewood cannot be brought into the park.
  • There is a maximum of 2 tents and 8 people capacity except for group campsites.
  • The tying of ropes to trees and structures is not permitted.
  • Fires are restricted to the grills and fire rings provided or to portable grills positioned off the ground. Coals must be extinguished and removed from the park.
  • Firewood may be collected from dead material on the ground but for use in campgrounds only. Do not remove wood from the campground.
  • For the protection of drinking water, campers may not wash dishes, bathe, or clean fish near wells.
  • Draining or dumping refuse or waste from trailers or other vehicles is prohibited.

Phone: 301-722-8226 Address: C&O Canal Visitors Center
Cumberland, MD
Email: [email protected] Web: http://www.nps.gov/choh/planyourvisit/camping.htm