Local Attractions

Things to do in Hancock

Historic Bowles House and Visitor Center

Located at the east side of Hancock, its exhibits share local canal and Hancock history while maintaining the look and feel of the original home. Built in the 1780’s this farm house witnessed the arrival of the C&O Canal in the mid-1830’s.

C&O Canal

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal was started in 1828 and was originally used as a means of transportation for communities along the Potomac River. Competition with railroads force the canal to close after nearly 100 years of operation, but The C&O Canal was preserved and developed as a linear riverside park.

Enjoy the scenic views of the C&O Canal while taking a stroll along the Western Maryland Rail Trail and C&O Trail, which run parallel to the canal.

Potomac River Fishing and Boating

Enjoy the the Potomac River while visiting Hancock, MD. Launch your boat or at one of several river access boat ramps.

Hancock Historical Society Museum at Town Hall

Located in Hancock’s Town Hall, the historical museum displays the town’s history, memorabilia, and newspaper archives. Visitors touring the museum during the holidays can also find an exhibit of antique Christmas cards from local families through the years.

Open April – October on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m., or by request.

126 West High Street
Hancock, MD 21750