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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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White knuckle cycle ride

OK, so three of the four of us cycled through the Tunnel, against the rules. It was late October and there were no other people around, so we didn't risk meeting anyone half-way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

OK, so three of the four of us cycled through the Tunnel, against the rules. It was late October and there were no other people around, so we didn't risk meeting anyone half-way. And we did have headlights on our helmets. Lights are essential if you want to risk the ride (at your own peril), as are steady nerves and... More 

1 Thank ConsultantNomad
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7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

When I got there, it was alot cooler than I thought it would be. I had seen pictures of it when I was younger and the tunnel looked alot shorter then it really is. It was really cool inside but it would be nice if there were lights on the inside. I had slipped and hit my knee on the... More 

Thank mspring611
Hollywood, MD
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101 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

I wasn't expecting the tunnel to be boarded up and looking like some place I did not want to go into with my kids... I brought a little LED flashlight and it wasn't nearly enough to even get us to the middle. Without the sunlight it was really too dark and the kids were getting spooked...me too. We might try... More 

Thank Lonewolfandcubs
Park City, Utah
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135 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We cycled thru this tunnel on our way from Hancock to Cumberland. We rarely walk our bikes, but since we had no light and the trail thru the tunnel is uneven and narrow, we chickened out and got off our bikes! We were unfortunate to share our experience with 30 noisy school kids on a field trip. But I could... More 

2 Thank loveitoutdoors
Cumberland, MD
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31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Like much of the C&O Canal, the Tunnel scales back in the winter time, when large...corks? doors? wooden closures?...are placed at the openings. This isn't without good reason - helps preserve temps and conditions inside, but it's harder to see and appreciate what's going on inside. Overall, I'm a big fan of the Canal Trail, so this isn't a recommendation... More 

Thank splendidcheddar
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Rode the canal from Cumberland to Harpers Ferry on a 3 day trip a couple of weeks ago for the first time. On previous visits I just hiked, but decided to see as much of the canal as I could on my bike. The trail is A LOT of fun, but it can be a little strenuous in places. Paw... More 

2 Thank JJSteel1
York, PA
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74 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I wouldin't go too far out of your way to visit, but it's an engineering marvel when you consider it was all dug by hand.... 1/2 walk from parking area and another 1/2 mile through the tunnel... no real need to walk thru it, first 10ft is like the last 10ft.... very bright flashlight is a must.

Thank sevenoverpar
Shreveport, Louisiana
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128 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Make sure you have bright lights when you go through the tunnel. It get dark really fast as soon as you enter. The walkway is narrow. I've seen bicyclists venture through the tunnel pulling one wheeled Bob trailers. I wouldn't risk trying to do so with a two-wheeled trailer. The approaches can be slippery after a rain storm.

Thank Rev Johannes M
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38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

My husband I started just upstream from the Paw Paw Tunnel and biked to Little Orleans. I enjoy visiting historic public works structures and I was looking forward to visiting the tunnel. At my husband's suggestion we wore headlamps and I think they are worth wearing if you have them. It leaves your hands free if you are pushing a... More 

Thank Robin S
Inwood, West Virginia
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116 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We went to this park with my daughter and two grandkids, walked inside the long tunnel and had a a great little picnic. Our picnic site was very close to the river bank

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