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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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Don't miss seeing the tunnel

A bit out of the way but well worth the time to find it. Very interesting bike trail and history. Need to have a flash light for walking through the tunnel. Pictures on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

A bit out of the way but well worth the time to find it. Very interesting bike trail and history. Need to have a flash light for walking through the tunnel. Pictures on the far side of the tunnel are terrific back drops too. Lots of wildlife and photo opportunities. Very nice.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This tunnel was fantastic. The engineering and construction of this wonder is amazing. Don't try to be a hero and ride through it, however. The surface is slick limestone and one wrong bump will send you into the canal. I also brought along a small handheld flashlight which I used to guide two of us through the tunnel

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Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Amazing to see what people could accomplish so long ago.Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring a flashlight.

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ROSWELL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Walk your bike, as the signs say, and a light is recommended. This is a fun adventure into the past of the C&O Canal

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We drove down to Route 51 from highway 68 and were both confused and disappointed. Google maps directions (old town road) were flat wrong and ended in a private road. Needless to say, we saw neither the tunnel nor a single sign for it. In order to drive back to highway 68 the only roads throughout Green Ridge state forest... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This trail is fun and beautiful-- even on the hottest day of the year! Most of the trail is shaded and runs along the river. The tunnel is nice and cool. You definitely want a flashlight and you will need to walk your bikes. Your shoes will get a little wet, too. The trail is rough for road bikes but... More 

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

What can I say? It's a giant tunnel blasted and dug through 3000 some feet of solid rock. Pretty amazing to walk through this historic tunnel on the towpath and see the millions of bricks put in place over 150 years ago. Exploring the tunnel with flashlights in hand was a blast.

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Very cool trip. Tunnel is quite a accomplishment. It is still well preserved and we'll visited. Take a flashlight when you are half way in It is total darkness even during the day.. Try it late in the day or evening for a real experience!.

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Belmont, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This tunnel doesn't appear to be very long, but looks are deceiving. The tunnel path is in the best shape I have seen in a very long time. There are minimal puddles. However, TAKE A FLASHLIGHT....DO NOT depend upon your phone to light the way. It is very dark. There is about an 8 foot drop to the canal, but... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Not sure why I had to look under Cumberland to find this attraction on Trip Advisor. The entry and parking lot for the tunnel is in/just outside Paw Paw. So it should show as an attraction for Paw Paw. This tunnel was part of the C&O Canal. It was carved through the mountain by hand and black powder then lined... More 

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