NINETEENTH-CENTURY INLAND NAVIATIONS OF THE VIRGINIAS AND ABROAD

 CANAL PARKS IN VIRGNIA 

GREAT FALLS PARK, VIRGNIA, 4 miles West of the Beltway on VA 193.   Interpretive center, films, displays, VC&NS-guided tour Saturdays 11 AM of George Washington's original Patowmack Canal and Locks around Great Falls.  (National Park Service 703285-2926)

ALEXANDRIA CANAL TIDE LOCK PARK, at Canal Center between 1st and Montgomery Streets on the Alexandria waterfront.  Lock restosration museum.

GOOSE CREEK STATE SCENIC RIVER, past cam sitses and locks of the Goose Creek and Little River Navigation in Loudoun County.  Canoeing.  (Commonwealth of Virginia)*

SHENANDOAH STATE SCENIC RIVER, 15 miles in Clarke County along the route of the Shenandoah Navigation. Canoeing  (Commmonwealth of Virginia)*

FREDERICKSBURG CANAL, two-mile towpath from the lock at Embrey Dam to Princess Anne Street.  Jogginig, fishing.  (City of Fredericksburg)

RAPPAHANNOCK STATE SCENIC RIVER, 64 miles along the Faquier County line, beside works of the Rappahammock Navigation.  Canoeing.  (Commonwealth of Virginia)

GREAT SHIP LOCK PARK, foot of Pear (27th) Street off Dock Street, Richmond. Three-Mile Locks, Byrd Park Pumphouse and George Washington's Arch.  (City of Richmond)

TIDEWATER CONNECTION LOCKS PARK, 12th and Byrd Streets, Richmond.   Self-guided tour, audio and slide programs; displays; James River historical markers nearby.  (Reynolds Metals Company)

OLD DOMINION RAILWAY TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM, 102 Hull st., Richmond.  Canal & RV research library and exhibits.  (Old Dominion Chapter, National Railway Historical Society)

RIVANNA STATE SCENIC RIVER, 25 miles through Fluvanna County past the dam sites and locks of the Rivanna Navigation.  Canoeing.  (Commonwealth of Virginia)*

UNION MILLS CANAL TOWPATH TRAIL, 1/4 miles from West end of Rt.600 bridge down to Rivanna Navigation locks.  (C9mmunity of Lake Monticello)

CROFTON LOCK, Remains of early Rivanna Navigation batteau lock visible at low water under East end of Rt. 600 bridge.  Undeveloped.  (VA Game and Inland Fisheries Commission  & Department of Highways and Transportation)

PALMYRA LOCK, near US 15 on bridge over the Rivanna Navigation at Palmyra.   Undeveloped.  (Local)

CHESSIE NATURAL TRAIL, 7 miles along the North bank of the Maury River from Lexington and Buena Vista past dam site and locks of the North River Navigation.   Hiking, jogging.  (Virginia Military Institute)

BEN SALEM LOCK WAYSIDE, on US 60 between Lexington and Buena Vi9sta.   Picnicking.  Well-preserved lock of North River Navigation.  (VA Deparatment of Highways and Transportation)

BATTERY CREEK LOCK RESTORATION, on Blue Ridge Parkway at James River.   Displays; fully restored James River & Kanawha Canal lock.  (National Park Service)

UPPER JAMES STATE SCENIC RIVER, 14 miles in Botetourt County through batteau sluices and beside structures from the JR&K unfinished division.  Canoeing.   (Commonwealth of Virginia)*

EAGLE ROCK LOCK PARK & plaque at westernmost lock on the James River & Kanawha Canal, ata Eagle Rock, Botetourt County.  (Eagle Rock Garden Club)

HUMPBACK BRIDGE WAYSIDE PARK, 4 miles West of Covington on I-64.  Covered bridge on the JsR&K Turnpike built by the James River & Kanawha Company.  (W. VA Deparatment of Highways & Transportation)

UPPER APPOMATTOX CANAL, 2-mile watered section and towpath in Appomattox Riverside Park opposite Matoaca.  Jogging.  (City of Perersbusrg)

DISMAL SWAMP CANAL, operating system paralleling US 17, with locks at Deep Creek, VA and South Mills, NC.  (Corps of Engineers)

DEEP CREEK LOCK PARK, on Dismal Swamp Canal.  Picnicking.  (City of Chesapeake)

GREAT DISMAL SWAMP NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, guided and self-guided tours by foot or boat along some of the 158 miles of navigation and drainage canals in the swamp.   (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

ALBEMARLE AND CHESAPEAKE CANAL, operation system with lockat Great Bridge. (Corps of Engineers)

GREAT BRIDGE LOCK PARK, Albemarle & Chesapeake Canal.  Picnicking. (City of Chesapeake)

STAUNTON STATE SCENIC RIVER, 11 miles through batteau sluices and wing dams of the Roanoke Navigation between Long Island and Brookneal. (Commonwealth of Virginia)*

ROANOKE CANAL LOCKS, foot of Rt. 48 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.   (Municipal)

CANAL BASIN SQUARE 429 Main Street, Scottsville, VA 24590

 

CANAL PARKS IN WEST VIRGINIA

AMORY CANAL, and guard lock along the Potomac in Harper's Ferry National Historical Park.  (Natinal Park Service)

SHENANDOAH CANAL, and McDowell St. Locks site at Virginius Islsand in Harpre's Ferry National Historical Park. (National Pak Service)

NEWCOMER'S LOCK and hauling path along Little's Falls on the Shenandoah Navigation, in a park 5 miles South of Harper's Ferry on Rt. 27.  (Potomac Edison Power Company)

MONONGAHELA RIVR NAVIGATION, operating system with locks at Morgantown, Hildebrand and Opeliska in WV and others in PA.  (Corps of Engineers)

LITTLE  KANAWHA RIVER NAVIGATION.  Parks at Leachtown and Elizabeth Locks.  (WV Department of Natural Resources)

OHIO RIVER NAVIGATION, operating sstem with 7 locks and dams along the WV border.  (Corps of Engineers)

KANAWHA RIVER NAVIGATION, operating system with locks at Winfield Marmet and London.  (Corps of Engineers)

MARMET PARK, stone wall and esplanade of Old Lock 5, across from Marmet Lock and Dam.  (Municipal)

NEW RIVER GORGE NATIONAL RIVER, 50 miles from Hinton to Fayetteville along proposed route to JR&K.  Canoeing; interpretation centsrs at Hinton and Fayetteville.  (National Park Service)

NEW RIVER NAVIGATION STEAMBOAT SLUICES in the upper reaches of Bluestone Reservoir Public Hunting and Fishing Area.  (Federal)

BIG SANDY LOCK AND DAM 3, intact lock and dam at Louisa Ky-Fort Gay WV.   (Municipal)

 

CANAL PARKS IN WASHINGTON AND MARYLAND

CHESAPEAKE & OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARI, 184 1/2 miles of canal park from DC to Cumberland MD, including boat trips in Georgetown and at the Great Falls (MD) Tavern visitors center; camping areas; many other amenities to numerous to list here.   (National Park Serv9ice, 301-299-2026 and 472-4376)

SUSQUEHANNA MUSEUM OF HAVRE DE GRACE.  Lock and Lock House museum at the mouth of the Susquehanna and Tidewater Canal.  (P.O. Box 253, Havre de Grace, MD 21078)

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March, 2008 New Addition:
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