Park Service Cancels Plans for C&O Canal Fees
The National Park Service is rescinding a proposal to start charging entrance fees along the entire, 185-mile length of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
Friday's announcement follows strong opposition at public meetings and from some elected officials, including U.S. Rep. John Delaney. The Maryland Democrat told the park service on Tuesday the proposed fees would create undue financial hardship for his constituents.
The agency had proposed collecting fees at virtually all access points from Washington, D.C., to Cumberland, starting at $3 for a seven-day pass.
A revised plan would increase entrance fees at Great Falls Tavern in Potomac, the only place where fees are currently collected.
The new proposal also would double the nightly camping fees at drive-in campgrounds. Hiker-biker camping would remain free.