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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
301-678-5463
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Cumberland
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Paw Paw Tunnel was blasted through a mountain in the 19th century so that the C&O Canal could take a more direct route.  When you consider... more »
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Annapolis, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

As a longtime admirer of towpath canals, the Paw Paw tunnel was on my bucket list for years. I was finally able to make the trek and found it to be well worth the travail. As another reviewer mentioned, to truly appreciate the significance of this great engineering artifact one must do some reading. But to traverse its length, a... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Cool tunnel made all the more special by knowing the history. If you can, read about it in the C&O Canal Museum in Cumberland before coming. Much better if you know the history. No bathrooms but there are port-a-potties. Carry in, carry out, no facilities. Camping available.

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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I have always wanted to hike the paw paw tunnel. Made a special trip across WV to hike it. Tunnel was too dark even with miner's headlamps and the walk surface very uneven. Lots of deferred maintenance. Glad I finally hiked the tunnel. Can check it off my list now.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Rode the C&O bike trail from Cumberland to Washington DC. The trail was more of a mountain bike trail than a smooth bike path. as compared to the GAP trail in Pennsylvania. The sights were enjoyable to see and we all enjoyed the time we spent together.

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Dundalk, Maryland, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

I had some great times here with Some really great friends!!! I've not been there in years.. I hate it makes you put a date of July 2013..it sucks u can't put your own date on here!!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was a fantastic venue to check out during a recent trip down the C & O canal. Take a flashlight to get through the tunnel as it is longer than you expect. Must see!!

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Mason, Ohio
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Most interesting to see how the canals worked, and what life was like for canallers. Museum was informative and the walk around the old canal was enjoyable.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Rode this trail from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown for our honeymoon. OK, we were spoiled after riding the GAP previously, but really! Riding over tree roots, mud puddles, potholes and rocks was not easy! First day, the longest, till you get to civilization, about 60 miles. We stayed at B&B. Poorly marked. They don't allow advertising. Thank goodness we came... More

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Culpeper
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285 reviews 285 reviews
165 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

this is really cool, a tunnel through a mountain for a canal (there are also bridges on the C&O that carried the canal over rivers- imagine that, a bridge to carry a boat over a river)... the tunnel is very rocky, so watch you step, twist an ankle and medical help is quite distant for the eastern us. bring more... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
55 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Its .6 of a mile from the parking area to the tunnel. The tunnel is long, dark, narrow, and awesome. There is a hand rail on the water side, and the mountain on the other side...the ground is far from level, there are potholes and ripples and puddles galore...it is wide enough for an off road stroller to navigate...at the... More

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