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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

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Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
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interesting a fun way to spend a few hours

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Beth G
Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Beth G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Cumberland, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Centerville, Pa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Alum Bridge, West Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Thank MoneypennyReview
Hagerstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

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 November 14, 2016

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 November 12, 2016 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 Jeff 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 

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