Recognizing the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park for National Park week

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Recognized by Congress, this week is National Park Week, a dedicated time to celebrate all of the national parks our nation has to offer.

As part of the celebration, the national park featured in our area is the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park.

The Canal is home to one of the country’s most famous transportation routes that delivered coal and lumber from 1831 to 1924.

Now, visitors come from all over to walk, hike, bike, fish or even camp at the park.

Rodger Ausherman was visiting from Martinsburg, West Virginia to see what the park had to offer.

“I decided to take my wife and my child out to a couple parks today. It’s our first time we’ve actually been here to the canal. We’ve always wanted to come here, but never had the time or never ventured out here to Maryland to get out and enjoy the beautiful area, so we wanted to check it out,” Ausherman said. 

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park offers a 184.5 mile path. 78 of those miles are here in Washington County. 

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