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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

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Address: Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
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Fun bicycle ride!

We ride the C&O trail every year and the tunnel is one of the highlights! It does require a flashlight or a light on your bike as it is very dark inside.

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Cindy R
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Tampa, United States
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13 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ride the C&O trail every year and the tunnel is one of the highlights! It does require a flashlight or a light on your bike as it is very dark inside.

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Swanton, Maryland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thankfully, 2 other travelers told us to walk our bikes through & so glad they did. It is kind of scary going through here - but you must if you are biking the C&O. Have lights on your bike &/or head!! Very dark when you get to the middle.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This is a fun bike ride but it is bumpy and narrow. I would not take younger children through on bikes but they would be fine to walk. You need a flashlight because the middle part is quite dark.

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Thank Lee W
Cross Junction, Virginia
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

If you have the time, this is a great little hike to see some history and get an interesting view of the river and the canals.

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Winchester, Virginia
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308 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

It is nice to see something so momentous within easy walking distance. Walk or bike or push your wheelchair along the path that was hand dug over a hundred years ago. Imagine the immigrants working long days in hot humid muggy summers or cold and windy winters with hand tools for long days. Look at a tunnel that was hand... More 

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1 Thank Bob L
Arlington, Virginia
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86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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 

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2 Thank Beth G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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123 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 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
2 reviews
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Reviewed 26 December 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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1 Thank suzipita
Centerville, Pa
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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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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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