C&O Canal Update – August 19


Here is the latest update from the park.

Thanks, Steve

Dear Volunteers,
Here is the latest news –
The Billy Goat Trail-A is back open, but Billy Goat Trail-C is still closed due to hazard trees.
The National Park Service is offering the following training opportunity. Please note, this webinar is not being conducted by C&O Canal staff. It is being offered by the NPS Horace M. Albright Training Center. The NPS and You–An Introduction to the NPS Mission Webinar: Join this webinar on August 26 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM or September 9 from 2-4 PM to explore foundational concepts that contribute to the success of all employees, volunteers, and partners to meet the mission of the National Park Service. During this two-hour webinar, you will look at what makes a park unit nationally significant and build connections between the work you do and the mission of the National Park Service. They will also cover how to find additional resources for you to continue your orientation to the agency after the webinar. The webinar is open to all employees, volunteers, and partners.
Click HERE to register for the August 26 webinar, or click HERE to register for the September 9 webinar. 
The park recently shared the Volunteer Program Action Plan, and we are holding listening sessions to answer questions about the Action Plan. Please email emily_hewitt@nps.gov if you would like to participate in a session. There are still several spots available in each of the following sessions:

  • August 20 @ 10:30am via conference call 
  • August 24 @ 8:30am via Microsoft Teams
  • August 31 @ 9am via conference call

Thank you and stay well,
Emily Durán Hewitt

C&O Canal Update – August 13

Hello Level Walkers,

Here is the latest update from the park.
Thanks, Steve

Dear Volunteers, 
Here is the latest park news:

  • The Billy Goat A & C trails are still closed due to hazard trees caused by the tropical storm. Tree crews have been working to clear the trees this week and the park anticipates being able to open Billy Goat A by this weekend. When the trail is open, the park will update the alerts page on the website. 
  • Damage to the Seneca Aqueduct railing was discovered, but park Maintenance has already repaired the railing and the Seneca Aqueduct is passable.  
  • For FY19, the park nominated the C&O Canal Trust for the Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service for a Group. We are pleased to announce that the Canal Trust won the regional award! Their work with volunteer projects such as Canal Pride Days and groups such as TeenWorks provide communities opportunities to engage in stewardship of the C&O Canal resource. The Canal Trust Quartermasters program has long been a successful way to engage volunteers in the protection and maintenance of the restored Canal Quarters lockhouses. A big congratulations to the C&O Canal Trust for this prestigious volunteer award!

Stay well, 
Emily Durán Hewitt

C&O Canal Update – August 5th


I hope everyone got through the storm without problems. Here’s an update from the park.

Thanks, Steve

Dear Volunteers,

The park fared pretty well during Tropical Storm Isaias. A number of trees did come down in the park, and both Billy Goat Trails A & C are closed due to fallen trees that will be cleared by park staff as soon as possible. When those trails reopen, the park will update the alerts page on the website.

If you decide to visit the park this week, be aware and stay safe. Check the park Facebook page before your visit for the latest conditions.

Stay well,  Emily Durán Hewitt

Image – hazard downed tree on the canal – photographer and location not identified