C&O Canal Trust launches mobile app for park

The C&O Canal National Historical Park spans 184.5 miles from Georgetown to western Maryland. (photo by Prisca Lo Surdo)

The C&O Canal Trust recently released a new mobile app, which allows Android and Apple users to explore the C&O Canal National Historical Park on their mobile devices, the nonprofit announced in a news release.

For 99 cents, “C&O Canal Explorer” helps users map hikes, find historic sites and parking areas, and calculate distances from landmark spots in the park. The canal trust group — a partner of the C&O Canal National Historical Park and the National Park Service that develops initiatives to support the park — created the new app with funding from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority grant program, the release states.

“This app will enable visitors to explore the Park with the help of the devices they already have in their pockets.” C&O Canal Trust president Robin Zanotti said in the release. “We anticipate the app will help users to discover aspects of the Park they never knew existed.”

The app’s developers hope to soon add local restaurants, shops and hotels to the virtual map, as well as an option to download the map to view it offline, according to the release.