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Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
Phone Number: +1 301-678-5463

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Quite an Experience but Take a Flashlight

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Centerville, Pa
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Centerville, Pa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

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Alum Bridge, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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!

Thank MoneypennyReview
Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Mfclingan
Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited the tunnel a few times first with our kids when they were little and now with our grandchildren. This time, since it was just the 2 of us in our early 60s, we opted to go in and thru the tunnel and then return via the trail over the mountain. We had our usual flashlights and headlamps... More 

Thank nriemen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's cold, damp and dark. Dress properly and take a flashlight! It's a long hike from the parking lot to the tunnel then a long hike through the tunnel and then you have to turn around and hike back. It's not for the faint of heart!!!

Thank Christopher S
North Springfield, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yes, bring a flashlight. Wear good boots, and bring a camera, too. Portable facilities near both ends, and fixed water pumps. Places to have a picnic lunch.

Thank Jeffery W
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We drove about two hours, maybe a little more to get there. Very worth the trip. The tunnel is a lot longer than it seems when you are walking though it. Bring a flashlight (or use your phone)! We just walked through the tunnel and back, not on any of the trails. I got a lot of nice photos of... More 

Thank Molly S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

I was a little intimidated after reading all the reviews about how dark and cold it was going to be - and of course warnings about puddles etc. Well - we went prepared - with 50 lumens head lamps (3 for $10 at Home Depot) and it was wonderful! Just like the rest of the canal - the Trust does... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This 3,118 mile tunnel was built to avoid a five horseshoe bends in the Potomac River. Construction started in 1836 and the tunnel open in October, 1850. Over 3,000 German, English and Irish immigrants helped build this tunnel which contains over 6 million bricks in 5 and 6 layers. Today is remains one of the world's longest tunnels and was... More 

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East Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I'm so glad I read the reviews on this tunnel before going, or I may not have realized how crucial a flashlight is in order to safely and fully enjoy this old architectural marvel. Without light I would not have seen the different colors in the bricks, the markers in the middle and the airshafts, and I surely would have... More 

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