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Potomac Watershed Cleanup - C&O Canal Park - Point of Rocks, MD
Cleanup Event

This Cleanup is part of the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup

April 18, 2020, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Potomac watershed cleanup at the C&O Canal Park in Point of Rocks, MD (April 18th). Volunteers join together to collect trash along the C&O canal and Potomac floodplain corridor. An annual community event since the mid-1990's supporting the regional Potomac Watershed Cleanup initiative. Everyone's welcome!

C&O Canal NHP - Point of Rocks, MD

Site Type

Park (Active since 1994)


County: Frederick

State: Maryland

Zip: 21777

Nearest City: Point of Rocks

GPS Coordinates: 39.273218, -77.540045


Directions: From MD Rt.15, just north of the Potomac River in Maryland, turn east onto Rt.28 (Clay Street) .. Appoximately one-quarter mile, turn south (right) at the Masonic Lodge (just west of the MARC parking area), and a quick right onto the CSX rail service road. A couple hundred feet beyond, the entrance into the C&O Canal Park is on your left. Cross the rails and pass over the Canal Bridge to access the boat ramp parking area.

Watershed Upper Potomac
Sub Watershed

Parking Capacity: 100

Restrooms are available.

This site is suitable for children under seven.

This site is suitable for the elderly.

This site is suitable for the disabled.

Notes & Special Issues

Parking is available within the C&O NHP boat-ramp parking area in Point of Rocks .. or at the adjacent MARC parking area, if need be.

The staging area for volunteers is located at the east end of the C&O parking area. Volunteers head east or west along the Canal path, or anywhere within the Potomac floodplain area. Others may wish to focus on neighborhood streams and public areas in town-- it's all part of the watershed.

Conditions are generally damp-- so dress accordingly .. boots and gloves recommended.

Trash bags provided onsite. Trash bags filled within the park will be collected by the Park Service.


What To Expect


This site is open to the public

RSVP Not Required

Maximum Volunteers: 80

Contact Info.

Marcel Aillery



The Point of Rocks cleanup event, held on Saturday April 18th,will kick off at the parking area of the C&O Canal Park just south of town. From there, volunteers may head east or west along the canal path and Potomac River floodplain. A fun morning with family and friends, for however much time you might have available. Wear old clothes and gloves suitable for gathering trash along the canal path and river corridor. Trash bags and light refreshments are provided at the C&O Canal Park staging area. Volunteers may wish to bring wheelbarrows or wagons to help transport filled trash bags to a central drop-off area. All trash collected within the park will be removed by the Park Service.

Directions to C&O Canal Park in Point of Rocks: from MD Rt.15, head east on Rt.28 (Clay Street) approximately one quarter mile. Turn south (right) at the Masonic Lodge (west end of MARC parking area), turn right onto the CSX service road, and proceed several hundred feet to the park entrance. Turn left to enter the park, passing over the railroad tracks and canal bridge. Ample parking is available within the park, or if need be, at the adjacent Community Commons parking area and MARC parking lot.