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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
301-678-5463
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Ranked #2 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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157 attraction reviews
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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
66 reviews 66 reviews
45 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It was very cool to cycle through this original tunnel from the old railway. Its a good idea to make sure you have lights on your bike, though I did not and did not have too much difficulty.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

George Washington first came up with the idea of the C&O canal, and after the civil war, the veterans operated the locks. One can walk through the tunnel that is located between Oldtown and Paw Paw. The Paw Paw Tress can be seen along the path. They bear a banana custardy fruit, which is the largest indigenous fruit on the... More

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Cumberland, Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I rode my bike through this amazing tunnel. A bit scary, but felt accomplished when I came out the other side. There is historic significance to the tunnel, so be sure to read all about it.

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