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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, Landmarks
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cherry hill
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198 reviews 198 reviews
15 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We decided to hike in this area and enjoyed the approximately 3.5 to 4 mile loop. From the parking lot at the campgrounds we walked towards the tunnel and just before the entrance we followed the tunnel trail to the right. We climbed along the river with excellent views, then headed inland thorough a nice forest. As we approached an... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This was my sixth opportunity to pass through the Paw Paw Tunnel over the past 20 years. It remains a very exciting experience and a cool example of the industrious nature of those who constructed the C&O. Over this span of time, however, the condition of the path inside the tunnel has deteriorated quite a bit. DO NOT attempt this... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We were told NOT to ride our bikes through the tunnel, and as we first entered the tunnel, I wondered why as it seemed quite rideable, IF you had good lights and could identify other riders. But once we were in the tunnel, we saw some very uneven surface and some good mud puddles. I agree that it's much smarter... More 

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Nashville
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you're hiking or biking through the tunnel be sure and bring a light. It's so dark that in the middle you can't see the light at each end.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Cycling through this you need really good lights and good balance. It is really uneven i places and there can be a lot of puddles... quite a thrill when it it over

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Haymarket, Virginia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I biked the C&O canal (all 184.5 miles over a couple of years). My last push to finish was a 60 mile weekend based out of Paw Paw, WVa. The tunnel is an area I recommend walking your bike. Even with a light you get a little disoriented in the long dark tunnel. Take a flash light. Sing a song... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Didn't look that long, but it did take a while to go through. WALK your bike, the surface is very irregular.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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