Six historic lockhouses along the C&O Canal are available for overnight stays through the award-winning Canal Quarters program, managed by the C&O Canal Trust. Each lockhouse has been rehabilitated and features historic furnishings, décor, and interpretive materials that tell stories from various periods in the C&O Canal's history. Your stay in a Canal Quarters lockhouse will transport you back in time and let you live like a lockkeeper along the C&O Canal -- a unique experience that you can't get anywhere else!
Lockhouse 28, completed in 1837, stands as a reminder of the fierce competition between the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the race to reach the Ohio River Valley. Today, Lockhouse 28 is a rustic retreat that sleeps 8 people, situated between the scenic Potomac and the still-active railroad tracks. It does not have heat or electricity. There is an outdoor portable toilet provided, and it offers an outdoor fire ring and picnic table. Water is available at the Bald Eagle Island Hiker Biker Campsite at towpath mile 50.3 from Apr 15-Nov 15. It is the most remote of the Canal Quarters lockhouses, located nearly 1/2 mile from the nearest parking area.
There are five other lockhouses available for overnight stays, which you can learn about at www.CanalQuarters.org. All of the lockhouses are located on the towpath in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park. All revenue collected from program fees remains within the program and is used for daily operations, preservation work, and public programming.