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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

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Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
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One of the best hikes you'll find

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 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!

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 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 26 November 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 

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Pardeeville
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 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!!!

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North Springfield, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 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.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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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Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 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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