New Proposal Could Mean User Fees for C&O Canal Towpath

Posted 01/16/15 by Amy Kapp in Trail Use

C&O Canal Towpath | Photo courtesy Trail Voice | CC by 2.0

Here’s a quick heads up for trail users and outdoor enthusiasts active in the Washington, D.C.-Maryland area.

In early January 2015, the National Park Service (NPS) announced that it is proposing user fees on the entire length of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park (a.k.a. C&O Canal Towpath), which runs 184.5 miles from Georgetown in Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, Md. This includes both entrance fees and overnight campsite fees.

According to a Jan. 12 article by Biking Bis blogger Gene Bisbee:

"Right now, the only location on the 186-mile linear park where a fee is charged is the Great Falls Tavern area in Potomac. The park proposes adding entrance fee collection to all areas outside the District of Columbia."

Bisbee writes that C&O park leadership is asking for the public’s feedback and support, maintaining that fee revenue is critical to park operations; however, the news has not been well received by many individuals.

NPS is inviting public feedback on the proposal, with all comments due by Feb. 22, 2015. A number of public hearings have also been scheduled between Jan. 21 and Feb. 5 at various locations in Maryland.

If you’d like to weigh in—now’s your chance.

For detailed information on the proposed user fees and the public hearings, and to access a link to the NPS feedback page, check out Bisbee’s blog below.

National Park Service Proposes Entrance/Camping Fees for C&O Canal Towpath

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