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Canal Community Days

Canal Community Days is the C&O Canal Trust’s annual public volunteer program. Each year, the Canal Trust recruits and manages hundreds of volunteers to undertake a range of preservation, beautification, maintenance, and conservation projects along the 184.5 mile length of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, working closely with the National Park Service to identify priorities that can be completed by volunteers of all ages.


Visitation to the park surged throughout the past year, and dedicated volunteers provide vital support to high-traffic areas of the park.


We are excited that the Canal Trust is bringing this opportunity back to our section of the trail after a few years’ hiatus. It is important for the continuity of this program and the resources provided by the Canal Trust that we gather as much volunteer support as possible. Therefore, we are reaching out to various businesses and organizations to consider lending their time and support for these cleanup efforts. 


Allegany County’s Clean Up Day – October 8, 2022 from 1-4 pm.

Click to SIGN UP - Volunteer At Allegany County CCD – C&O Canal Trust

Please consider offering your time and/or sharing among the business/organizations you may be a part of.

Great Allegheny Passage

Cumberland, MD to the 

Mason Dixon Line

Playing outdoors in Western Maryland is like playing in paradise.  Cycling gets you on the road and into the small communities of our region.  Biking the trails gets you into places where you can enjoy nature and the real beauty of our region.  

Mountain Maryland Trails (formerly Allegheny Highlands Trail of Maryland) is a citizen's group formed in the 1990's to promote Maryland's portion of a project that has become known as the Great Allegheny Passage. The Great Allegheny Passage, a continuous 150-mile rail trail from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Cumberland, Maryland,  links to the C&O Canal Towpath, a continuous 184.5 trail from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, Maryland, creating a continuous trail of 334.5 miles. Mountain Maryland Trails (MMT) follows the route of the historic Western Maryland Railroad for 20.47 miles from Cumberland to the Pennsylvania line. From Cumberland to Frostburg, the trail parallels the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and its diesel locomotive.

Photo by Doug Schwab