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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

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Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
+1 301-678-5463
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Spooky but historical ambiance

I'm so glad I read the reviews on this tunnel before going, or I may not have realized how crucial... read more

Reviewed October 18, 2016
East Coast
A step through time

Who would have imagined that this amazing tunnel was tucked away waiting to tell its fascinating... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2016
Andrew F
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
+1 301-678-5463
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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...More

1  Thank vwnotabug
Reviewed October 14, 2016

Who would have imagined that this amazing tunnel was tucked away waiting to tell its fascinating story. I rode the C&O Canal and that is the only reason I knew this was here and I must say I was completely impressed. To imagine the people...More

1  Thank Andrew F
Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Impressive architectural work and how the tunnel was built. Great bike ride! We saw deers on our pathway...beautiful site. I would recommend wearing hiking boots slushee and wet inside the tunnel.

Thank Judy H
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Very nice short walk from the parking area to the tunnel. Very dark midway through the tunnel, so u need a light. It's amazing that this tunnel was constructed in 1850!!!!

Thank Grumpysteve
Reviewed October 3, 2016

Very interesting piece of history. This tunnel is 3,118 ft. long and when you first enter the tunnel it doesn't seem too long but we timed our walk and it was about 14 minutes to walk through. I cannot emphasize enough that you need a...More

Thank Panadda S
Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

The canal in this area is beautiful. The historical sites along the trail are amazing. There is ample parking, picnic tables sporadically along the trail, areas to skip rocks, etc. You do have to walk your bikes through the tunnel, and like most, it's damp,...More

Thank WVUfan88
Reviewed September 19, 2016

-We stopped here on our road trip through the area -its about a 20min walk from the parking lot -the path upto tunnel is wide, which allowed us to bring a stroller (hiking Stroller) on it -but once in tunnel it is alittle more narrow....More

Thank nathanrs1979
Reviewed September 16, 2016

I did the C&O solo by myself. Started from Foggy Bottom the day after Labor Day 2016. Someone that had done the trail before mandated that I bring a light for my bike which I did. Riding through this tunnel alone in the dark with...More

Thank dannyluch
Reviewed August 31, 2016

One of the most interesting features of the C and O tow path, which I bicycled this August. A long unlighted tunnel more than 3000 feet long with a foot path next to canal. Surface is too rough to bike through and bikes should be...More

Thank Ronald E
Reviewed August 31, 2016

I'd recommend for the adventurous. Not for anyone clausterphobic, or afraid of dark places. Also watch out for the bikes. Each person in the party needs to carry a flashlight with fresh batteries so they can see and be seen.

Thank dalec9192016
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How do I get there from Frederick?
April 27, 2017|
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Response from dc_babs | Reviewed this property |
Take I70 to Hancock, 522 s from Hancock to Berkeley Springs and 9 from Berkeley Springs to Paw Paw. When you cross the Potomac River leaving Paw Paw on 9, you enter Maryland and 9 becomes 51 toward Cumberland and the park... More
Could you please tell me if leashed dogs are permitted on walk and through tunnel? Thank you!
October 14, 2016|
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Response from dc_babs | Reviewed this property |
I always take my dog. My current dog is the third dog of mine that has hiked the tunnel with me many times.
How far of a walk is the tunnel from the parking area? Or is there a parking area?
October 5, 2016|
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Response from nathanrs1979 | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking lot... The walk is Aprox 15-20min from lot... I think we spent about an hour or so total walking from car to far end of tunnel and back.