Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park | FOUR LOCKS BOAT RAMP

Four Locks Boat Ramp at Mile 108.8 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath

Four Locks Boat Ramp at Mile 108.8 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath


The Four Locks Boat Ramp is located at Mile 108.8 on the C&O Canal towpath. See the Boat Ramps web page for an interactive location map.

NOTE: Sections of the towpath, locks and other historical structures, trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, boat ramps, and visitor centers are constantly being closed due to damage and/or repair. When planning an adventure within Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, make sure the areas you plan to visit are open by checking the National Park Service’s official Current Park Conditions web page.


Situated below Lock and Lockhouse 49 on a serene section of the Potomac River in Clear Spring, Maryland, is the Four Locks Boat Ramp. The ramp is suitable for launching small motorboats and any type of hand-paddled watercraft. A large parking lot can hold thirty vehicles with boat trailers. A picnic area and an indoor chemical toilet (i. e. a fancy outhouse) are also near the ramp.

Like all boat ramps within Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, there is no usage fee.

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Last updated on June 5, 2024
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