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Bike Ride

It was great to have the Paw Paw Tunnel open for us to ride through instead of us having to push... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC
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A Fun Walk in the Park

Very interesting walk. Long but not difficult. Things to think about: You really want a... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Brian D
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was great to have the Paw Paw Tunnel open for us to ride through instead of us having to push our bikes over the mountain. This was my first time going through the tunnel and it was a nice experience. Well worth the trip...More

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Reviewed 22 July 2018

Very interesting walk. Long but not difficult. Things to think about: You really want a flashlight. With our smart phones we were able to walk safely but the light was insufficient to see detail in the walls or water. There will be water along the...More

2  Thank Brian D
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Walked about halfway into the tunnel. Had rained for most of the morning so was very wet at the entrance. However, about 15 feet in it was dry. Interesting to see the way the tunnel was constructed and imagine what it must have been like...More

2  Thank Nkuchemprof
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We didn't do the full hike over the tunnel since we had a little one in the stroller. We just went through the tunnel and back and it was pretty cool! Definitely make sure you bring a flashlight and wear shoes you don't mind getting...More

1  Thank Tyese
Reviewed 22 January 2018

My husband and I enjoyed our ride through the tunnel. We purchased headlights for our bikes which definitely made the ride easier. We have passed through the tunnel twice as we completed the entire C & O towpath trail, over a 5 year period. A...More

1  Thank Darcy M
Reviewed 9 November 2017

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

3  Thank Mark 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.

1  Thank Mark R
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.

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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
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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.