Storm-damaged section of C&O Canal reopens

October 02, 2003

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park officials have reopened five miles of park property that was affected by Tropical Storm Isabel, according to a park news release.

The area is from milepost 22 to milepost 27, Pennyfield Lock to Sycamore Landing.

A total of 169.5 miles of the towpath are now open to the public.

The area that remains closed is from milepost 27 to 42, Sycamore Landing to Monocacy Aqueduct.

The Capital Crescent Trail and the Goldmine Loop Trail are open, according to the news release. All visitor centers are open at their regularly scheduled times. The bridges to Olmstead Island have reopened.

Other areas that remain closed include the Carderock Pavilion. Trees have been cleared from power lines in the Carderock area and the National Park Service is waiting for a contractor to repair the lines.


All boat ramps and all campgrounds remain closed, including Marsden Tract, drive-in and hiker-biker campsites. Most areas do not have restroom facilities or picnic tables.

Water pumps are not in operation, according to the news release. Water from the wells is being tested and pump handles will be returned once the water is deemed safe for drinking.

Towpath repairs are being performed in the area west of Dam 5, but the area is open to the public. Visitors should obey all area-closed and detour signs and follow the directions of park employees, according to the news release.

Updates will be posted on the C&O Canal Web site at

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