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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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Awesome feat of engineering

This is a must do . Don't try it without lights. Very disorderienting. We tried to ride thru on our bikes but decided not to risk it after about 200 ft into it

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Kernersville
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Kernersville
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67 reviews 67 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This is a must do . Don't try it without lights. Very disorderienting. We tried to ride thru on our bikes but decided not to risk it after about 200 ft into it

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Beltsville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

This is one of the top 2 or 3 places on the C&O canal. The tunnel itself is a fascinating optical illusion as it seems to get longer as you enter it. Make sure you bring a flashlight, you won't think you need it until it is too late and be aware that it will be cold in the tunnel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Beautiful and very impressive structure. Even more amazing when you consider when and how it was built. If you're biking, you'll need to walk the path. The east end of the tunnel leaves you in a ravine that is a beautiful hike. We're planning to go back for a longer trip so we can hike the path over the top... More 

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Cumberland, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's worth the time to check this out for the historical value. Reading the signs is helpful, but watch for a time when Canal guides lead tours. They are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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26 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Cycling the towpath in the Cumberland area is enjoyable 3 seasons a year. Nature lovers will appreciate the wildlife: local and migratory birds, deer, small critters, turtles and an occasional snake. Fitness buffs will love the exercise AND the clean mountain air. History buffs will find lots to learn. Cumberland is a small town with much to offer: great lodging... More 

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cherry hill
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201 reviews 201 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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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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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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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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6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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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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