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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

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Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
Phone Number: 301-678-5463

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Nice piece of history. Easy to imagine how they used it back in the day.

Not much to say about this, except that it is an old historical tunnel. Very neat ... jumping back in time. Neat architecture for the time. Little difficult to ride a bike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Not much to say about this, except that it is an old historical tunnel. Very neat ... jumping back in time. Neat architecture for the time. Little difficult to ride a bike through, as it is bumpy.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We biked the C&O canal from Cumberland to the Paw Paw Tunnel in one day. We walked our bikes through the darkness of the tunnel. I would recommend a headlamp or flashlight, we did not have anything and the experience was interesting and thrilling. I would recommend this as a highlight of the canal.

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Abbottstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

We hiked the trail above the tunnel and went back through the tunnel. The trail is pretty hard but definitely worth your time. The tunnel was so interesting, both from historical and engineering point of view. Make sure you have a flash light with you and watch your steps in the tunnel. There were puddle which you can't see because... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I have hiked or biked the entire C&O Canal from Cumberland, MD, to Washington, DC. The Paw Paw tunnel was one of the high points. You can drive very close, hike the tunnel, return, and have a picnic lunch. If you like history, the C&O Canal is for you.

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Accident MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A fun part of a bike ride on the C&O. Flashlights are a must. Exciting to walk through this historic tunnel.

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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

very cool but a little scary to bike through. It is dark and though I had a light it is narrow and a little rough. It's an amazing engineering feat and a gorgeous location.

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Kernersville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a must do . Don't try it without lights. Very disorderienting. We tried to ride thru on our bikes but decided not to risk it after about 200 ft into it

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Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is one of the top 2 or 3 places on the C&O canal. The tunnel itself is a fascinating optical illusion as it seems to get longer as you enter it. Make sure you bring a flashlight, you won't think you need it until it is too late and be aware that it will be cold in the tunnel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Beautiful and very impressive structure. Even more amazing when you consider when and how it was built. If you're biking, you'll need to walk the path. The east end of the tunnel leaves you in a ravine that is a beautiful hike. We're planning to go back for a longer trip so we can hike the path over the top... More 

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Cumberland, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's worth the time to check this out for the historical value. Reading the signs is helpful, but watch for a time when Canal guides lead tours. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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Address: Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
Phone Number: 301-678-5463
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Cumberland

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