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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
+1 301-678-5463
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19th century civil engineering marvel. A real historical treasure!

I have visited the Paw Paw tunnel, on the C&O Canal, at least 70 times. If you know the C&O Canal... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Morris H
Be sure and have a flashlight

My wife and I have cycled the C&A three times and going thru this tunnel is always a high light... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Dallas, Texas
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Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
+1 301-678-5463
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited the Paw Paw tunnel, on the C&O Canal, at least 70 times. If you know the C&O Canal which runs from Georgetown, DC to Cumberland Maryland a trip of 184.5 miles. To me the Potomac river valley is a magical place. Bike,...More

Thank Morris H
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife and I have cycled the C&A three times and going thru this tunnel is always a high light. It is incredible to think about the engineering and all the labor involved to get this tunnel done back in the day. A treasure indeed.

Thank markrovenstine
Reviewed 26 September 2017

This tunnel is CLOSED for repairs -- which means bicyclists have a 2-mile over-the-top hill climb to look forward to. Very steep and pushing your bike all the way. We cheated and rode DOWN the eastern side -- but it was scary. When this tunnel...More

1  Thank John H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is a true American engineering masterpiece not to be missed. Worth the time and trouble to get there by bike or car or on foot from Paw Paw nearby.

Thank photolandscape
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed going here. Whether to camp or simply to walk the canal and tunnel forme a hike, it is truly one of my favorites. Bring flashlights, glow sticks or your lighting of choice. It is...More

1  Thank Slwfreez
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The Paw Paw Tunnel was supposed to be closed, but at the end there was a crane blocking the exit. However, we snuck our bikes under it and then rode on the lovely trail on the other side. We saw several locks - very interesting!

Thank satin6
Reviewed 9 July 2017

Took this walk in the spring. The tunnel part was so dark-like you couldn't see your finger in front of your face for several yards, just kept walking and walking, wondering when you were going to get out. Did have a small flashlight. The whole...More

Thank lynda .
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The tunnel is officially closed because of consolidation works. However, they have compassion for the visitors. Therefore we could walk inside for some feet from the side of the Paw Paw camping ground (the entrance is at short walking distance from the car park). They...More

Thank Paolo M
Reviewed 6 July 2017

The tunnel was completely open all the way through even though there will still signs indicating that the west entrance was closed and through traffic to go over the hill It's impressive given that it was completed in 1850. It took about an hour to...More

1  Thank Mark W
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Tunnel is closed now for repairs!!!!!!!! 1st time going and loved it. Was nice bike ride for the family with 7 year old. A couple of best water falls on the far side of the tunnel. Will be back!

Thank Brian F
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28 April 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
15 October 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.
5 October 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.