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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

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Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
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Very narrow, bring a light

This is a fun bike ride but it is bumpy and narrow. I would not take younger children through on bikes but they would be fine to walk. You need a flashlight because the middle... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lee W
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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Swanton, Maryland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thankfully, 2 other travelers told us to walk our bikes through & so glad they did. It is kind of scary going through here - but you must if you are biking the C&O. Have lights on your bike &/or head!! Very dark when you get to the middle.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fun bike ride but it is bumpy and narrow. I would not take younger children through on bikes but they would be fine to walk. You need a flashlight because the middle part is quite dark.

Thank Lee W
Cross Junction, Virginia
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48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have the time, this is a great little hike to see some history and get an interesting view of the river and the canals.

Thank Cache-N-Stache
Winchester, Virginia
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308 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2017

It is nice to see something so momentous within easy walking distance. Walk or bike or push your wheelchair along the path that was hand dug over a hundred years ago. Imagine the immigrants working long days in hot humid muggy summers or cold and windy winters with hand tools for long days. Look at a tunnel that was hand... More 

1 Thank Bob L
Arlington, Virginia
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86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2017

It was a bit of a drive getting there but worth the trip. Bring a flashlight and be prepared for some dripping water on your head. There is a .5 mile flat walk along the towpath to get to the tunnel. It is dark and cold in there, has a mysterious and historical feel to it. I just used the... More 

1 Thank Beth G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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123 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2017

The Paw Paw Tunnel was built as part of the C&O Canal (along the Potomac River between Georgetown in Washington, DC, terminating in Cumberland, Maryland). At a particularly twisty part of the river, the canal builders decided that instead of following the river's bends and turns, they would make a short-cut by digging a tunnel through a mountain. Now, hikers... More 

2 Thank dc_babs
Cumberland, Maryland
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 25, 2016

This is a great place to visit history. By walking though ,it takes you back in time.You can almost feel what it was like to have the canal boats many years ago.

1 Thank suzipita
Centerville, Pa
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104 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2016

I had heard of the Paw Paw Tunnel but always believed it was a rail tunnel, presumably for the B & O Railroad. After parking my car in a lot, we walked about 1/4 to a half mile and I discovered it was actually a waterway tunnel built as part of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. We started in without... More 

2 Thank travelfreak31
Alum Bridge, West Virginia
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89 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed December 2, 2016

Seems to be cool in there most of the time. It is an amazing piece of history! Flashlight is a must it's longer than you think!

1 Thank MoneypennyReview
Hagerstown, Maryland
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656 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed November 28, 2016

We came here for a bike ride on a nice crisp fall day. The canal leading up to and from the tunnel was in great shape as was the inside of the tunnel. We had flashlights this time to make it more enjoyable as we walked our bikes through the tunnel (we were able to inspect the construction and see... More 

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