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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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Amazing Engineering Feat

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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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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Mays Landing, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We decided to do this walk on a whim. Really glad we did. The tunnel was much longer than expected, darker than expected- flooring was uneven with some puddles, so had to use my cell phone flashlight. We opted to take the ridge path back which was strenuous. Had I known the difficulty, I probably would not have done it,... More 

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Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

While hiking the C&O canal, we passed through the Paw Paw tunnel. It was an engineering feat and historically interesting. You will definitely need a flashlight; it is dark inside! If biking, it is recommended that you dismount for yourself and others in the tunnel (the path narrows dramatically).

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you are travelling this section of the C&O Canal trail you'll encounter the Pawpaw Tunnel which is about 3000' long. The canal takes up most of the tunnel and the walking path is fairly narrow through the tunnel with a hand rail on the canal side. It's very dark and you will definitely need a flashlight when walking through... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

One mile of darkness is longer and more exciting than you might think. Loved the silence of the tunnel and the drip of water. Bring a flashlight!

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It's a tunnel - long and dark. Both ends were boarded up except for the bike path entrance at each end - take a flashlight.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Paw Paw Tunnel was originally a canal that boats and horses went through. You can still see drag marks in the wood railing from ropes. There are markers on the wall that indicate mileage. Make sure you take a flashlight and wear waterproof boots. Definitely recommend layering clothes, it can be chilly.

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

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