C&O Canal Volunteer Status for February 18th

Hello Level Walkers,

Please observe the following guidance from the C&O Canal NHP volunteer manager.


Dear Volunteers, 
The forecast is for more snow! With the wintry weather starting overnight, the volunteer program is suspended on Thursday, February 18. The park will be open to the public, but volunteers are not authorized to work in the park. This is to ensure your safety during the inclement weather event. All staff in the division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers will be teleworking and only emergency staff will be onsite. 
If you choose to visit the park on Thursday, February 18 you must do so as a private citizen. For updates on park closures please check the park website or the park Facebook page

Thank you and stay safe!

Emily Durán Hewitt

Little Tonoloway Bridge reopens in Hancock

The following notification is from the National Park Service regarding the canal crossover bridge in Hancock at Mile 124.38.


HANCOCK, Md. — Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park has replaced the bridge span at Little Tonoloway Day Use and Recreation Area and will reopen the crossing over the canal  to traffic in the afternoon on Friday, Jan. 15.  

The bridge had been closed to vehicle traffic since Nov. 2019 when engineers discovered that its beams were severely corroded during a routine inspection. The National Park Service (NPS) had been planning to replace the bridge and we worked with the Federal Highway Administration to do the work sooner than originally scheduled.  

In order to finish this project, the NPS will return to repave the bridge’s approaches when there is warmer weather. When that work happens, the Little Tonoloway Day Use and Recreation Area restrooms and picnic area will remain open, but the boat ramp will be temporarily inaccessible via vehicles.   


Image – Canal in Hancock – Level 48

Update – Volunteer Operations Due to Inclement Weather

Update on the park’s storm activity status, from the NPS. Thanks, Steve


Dear Volunteers, 
We hope you have been enjoying this snow day and staying safe & warm! With the wintry weather continuing through the night, the volunteer program is suspended through Thursday, December 17. The park will be open to the public, but volunteers are not authorized to work in the park. This is to ensure your safety during the inclement weather event. All staff in the division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers will be teleworking and only emergency staff will be onsite. 
As with today, if you choose to visit the park on Thursday, December 17 you must do so as a private citizen. Currently the Great Falls entrance road is closed due to snowy conditions. For updates on the closure please check the park website or the park Facebook page

Thank you and stay safe!
Emily Durán Hewitt

Important park update – Snow day

All,

The following is an important message from the C&O Canal NHP Volunteer Manager.

Thanks, Steve

//BT

Dear Volunteers, 
In anticipation of the winter storm that is forecast for Wednesday, December 16 the park is suspending volunteer operations. The park will be open to the public, but volunteers are not authorized to work in the park. This is to ensure your safety during the inclement weather event. All staff in the division of Interpretation, Education, and Volunteers will be teleworking and only emergency staff will be onsite. 
If you choose to visit the park during this weather event, you must do so as a private citizen. We will send another update tomorrow about the status of volunteer program operations for Thursday, December 17. 
Thank you, stay well, and stay safe. 
Emily Durán Hewitt

Image – Four Locks snow from Lock 49 House – Level 41

C&O Canal Update – August 19

All,

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

Hello,

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

C&O Canal Update – July 8

Hello Level Walkers,

Here’s the latest park status.

Steve


Dear Volunteers,
This past holiday weekend was a busy one, and park staff are working hard to keep up with the higher than normal visitation. As a reminder, when you are in the park and see problems, issues, or hazards that need immediate attention, the best way to report them is to contact Park Dispatch.
Here are the Dispatch numbers:
Non-emergency: 301-714-2235
Emergency: 866-677-6677
The C&O Canal Trust will be holding volunteer trash clean-up projects this month. For more information on dates & locations and to register, visit the Canal Pride Days webpage.
The footbridge across the Potomac River that connects C&O Canal NHP and Harpers Ferry NHP is now OPEN. For a complete list of conditions, please visit the park website.
Thanks and stay well!
Emily H. Hewitt

C&O Canal Update – June 24, 2020

Hello Level Walkers,

Here is the latest park update.

Thanks, Steve


Dear Volunteers,
Park staff continue to work hard to bring operations back online. Status as follows:
  • The 5 drive-to campgrounds are now fully open. Campsites must be reserved through http://www.recreation.gov
  • Hiker-biker campsites from Horsepen Branch to Evitts Creek are open.
  • Swains Lock campsites remain closed.
  • Carderock Pavilion is closed and not available for reservations at this time.
  • The digital pass for Great Falls is now available. A 7 day or annual pass for Great Falls can be purchased by clicking HERE.
  • Visit the park website for complete details on current park conditions.
These days canawlers and railroad enthusiasts get along pretty well. The park even participates in the Trails & Rails program on Amtrak when there isn’t a pandemic. As we all know, however, the canal and the railroad were not always friends. This week Claire has put together the attached article that explores the transportation legacy of the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad. Exploring Transportation Legacy Also, if you have any young railroad enthusiasts in your circle, there is a new Railroad Explorer Junior Ranger booklet that they may enjoy.
Stay well!
Emily H. Hewitt

Image – Doe Gully Western Maryland Railway Bridge – Level 53