Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park | POINT OF ROCKS BOAT RAMP

Point of Rocks Boat Ramp

Point of Rocks Boat Ramp


The Point of Rocks Boat Ramp is located in Point of Rocks, Maryland, at Mile 48.4 on the Chesapeake and Ohio 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 that areas you plan to visit are open by checking the National Park Service’s official Current Park Conditions web page.


The Point of Rocks Boat Ramp launches directly into the Potomac River near two large islands. South of the ramp is Heaters Island and north is Paton Island. There is a huge parking lot that can hold two dozen vehicles with boat trailers and a separate section for vehicles only. Other than an indoor chemical toilet, there are no other facilities or historical structures.

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

Downstream view from the Point of Rocks Boat Ramp

Downstream view from the Point of Rocks Boat Ramp

Upstream view from the Point of Rocks Boat Ramp

Upstream view from the Point of Rocks Boat Ramp

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Last updated on April 24, 2020
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