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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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An interesting walk

Before you enter the tunnel there is an interpretive sign that explains the construction of this tunnel. It is worth the read. The tunnel itself is dark, no lights. Take a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before you enter the tunnel there is an interpretive sign that explains the construction of this tunnel. It is worth the read. The tunnel itself is dark, no lights. Take a flashlight. If you are claustrophobic I'd avoid this walk. It is even more so in the winter when one end is boarded up, with only a doorway for an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drive through Paw Paw on our way from Virginia to Washington, PA. This is a pleasant stop at the National Park. From the parking lot, you can do the hike in about an hour, round trip. When we got there, the tunnel floor was very wet, and lots of dripping water overhead. We weren't dressed for going through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I walked my bike through the tunnel, the ground was uneven, wet and dark, everything a tunnel should be;) I had a light on my bike and one on my head, seemed to be sufficient, the coolness of the air in the tunnel was a relief from the hot day.

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Thank cynditooty
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Paw Paw tunnel is a wonder of engineering. When you consider just how long ago it was built (construction began in 1836) you have to be impressed. As we approached the tunnel on a warm, humid day you felt the cool air coming out from the tunnel. It was quite refreshing! The tunnel is dark! I pedaled through the... More 

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Thank Nick C
Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a tunnel. It is dark, damp, and a little difficult to navigate. If you want to travel through it remember to take a light and I would recommend walking your bikes.

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Coal Center, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We visited here with the family. Adults and kids alike loved it. You will need a flashlight, the tunnel does get pitch black less than 1/2 way through. Good solid shoes are recommended as well. The tunnel has a few spots that are wet and slushy. Trails around to hike as well. A definite stop when in the area!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

loved this we took our kids and a bunch of our family we all loved it. we want to go again soon. very nice walk

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Andover, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

If you haven't walked through the tunnel it's definitely worth it. Make certain to bring a bright flashlight or 2.

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Gettysburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Hiking to the tunnel is beautiful...bring a flash light....great for kids as well....hoping to see more of the C & O Canal soon.

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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

The tunnel is 0.6 miles away from the parking lot. I think the tunnel itself is longer than the trail leading up to it. It is a gorgeous place, but you have to have a flashlight when walking through as it gets very dark halfway through. Bring your sanitizer, because the port-a potties here don't have any. The best things... More 

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