C&O Canal Explorer 4+

C&O Canal Trust

Designed for iPhone

    • #24 in Navigation
    • 3.0 • 5 Ratings
    • $0.99

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The C&O Canal Trust is proud to release a major update to its new C&O Canal Explorer app to help you explore all 184.5 miles of the C&O Canal National Historical Park! The update was released in August 2021.

The mobile app features the following:
• 600 mapped and searchable points of interest
• Interaction with your device’s GPS, so you can see how far you are from points of interest
• Driving directions and mileage between points
• Details about historic sites

The update features the following:
• Addition of mile markers
• Addition of 200 restaurants, hotels, and shops in ten Canal Towns
• Itinerary builder that allows you to create, save, and share your own C&O Canal adventure
• Ability to keep screen on (so it doesn’t power off while riding)

The C&O Canal Explorer app will encourage you to tread new paths and journey to new parts of the Park!

The C&O Canal Trust is the official nonprofit partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and works to protect and preserve the Park.

What’s New

Version 1.1.6

This version fixes issues related to accessibility and corrects the action of the Get Directions button.

Ratings and Reviews

3.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

manju3t ,

Not useful tool for planning from home

„Navigation“ is not intuitive or helpful, especially for planning. The „Getting Started“ section says there’s a map, but I can’t find it AT ALL! I would return this purchase if possible. I guess it’s a donation to the Trust but not a planning tool for the user. It may tell you what’s just up ahead or behind you on the path but if you’re trying to plan from home, this is not useful at all.

MamaP729 ,

Updated app works great!

Issues mentioned in earlier reviews seem to be fixed, you can easily plan from home by scanning the trail for points of interest and amenities. The photos are helpful (I was between two restroom options and from the pics I chose the bath house over the portables!) but where this app really shines is the background information and historical detail about all the sites along the way. I could’ve hiked right past the Clara Barton house thinking yeah that’s cool without knowing the story about the roller coaster built around her house in a failed attempt to force her out. I’ll probably still use All Trails, google maps, and other tools in addition to this for more involved planning, but the info in this app is a treasure! Well worth the .99 for history and detail you won’t find elsewhere.

reese249 ,

Hard to use

Difficult to navigate. Not very useful for planning trips. Somewhat useful while on a trail but only so far as telling u how much further to next spot on trail.

App Privacy

The developer, C&O Canal Trust, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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