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Paw Paw Tunnel, Cumberland

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Paw Paw Tunnel reviews

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4.7
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  • Riding the c&o canal from Cumberland to Washington is a must and the beautiful scenery and river shots along the way are amazing. The hotels and b&b are awesome and the Bavarian inn exceeded... 
    Riding the c&o canal from Cumberland to Washington is a must and the beautiful scenery and river shots along the way are amazing. The hotels and b&b are awesome and the Bavarian inn exceeded...  more »
  • So first: the area is under construction due to landslides which means that you can enter and walk through the tunnel but that you have to turn around and walk back out the way you came instead of... 
    So first: the area is under construction due to landslides which means that you can enter and walk through the tunnel but that you have to turn around and walk back out the way you came instead of...  more »
  • My wife and I walked the trail from the parking lot to the tunnel, then did the round trip in the tunnel (about 6200) feet. Yes, we did have to use our cell phone flashlights. The floor was a... 
    My wife and I walked the trail from the parking lot to the tunnel, then did the round trip in the tunnel (about 6200) feet. Yes, we did have to use our cell phone flashlights. The floor was a...  more »
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  • Great trail! Very flat so good for biking, not as much for hiking more of a walk. The tunnel is really neat but super dark in the middle. Bit spooky if alone. Dog friendly!
  • We did a short hike here during the weekday. The site is under construction, but we were able to park easily and walk up to the tunnel. Because of the construction we had to turn back at the end of the tunnel. A few notes to expect: Inside the tunnel is 15 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. Once inside the tunnel it gets dark. We were the only ones there as it was a weekday and we had to use our phone flashlight to see. We then hiked around the area and there are some stunning views of the river if you go up and around the tunnel. Overall, fun place to check out.
  • My son has been working on a Maryland history project where he has to take pictures of himself at multiple historical sites in Maryland. We were in Western Maryland and stopped at the tunnel. There is a significant amount of construction going on there right now. There is a detour near the Towpath but you can go through the tunnel. The tunnel is boarded up except for one small opening for a door. Make sure you bring a flashlight because it is especially dark with the openings being boarded. This is a great site for the history of the C&O canal. Take some time to look at the significance of it before you arrive
  • Very cool place and unique historical landmark along the C&O Canal. Easy parking. About 10 minutes walk from parking lot the the south entrance of the tunnel.
  • Take directions to Paw Paw Tunnel trailhead. Easy parking, easy walk to the tunnel (0.47miles). The tunnel is awesome, don't forget your flashlights. Great adventure for the whole family. Beautiful scenery especially now when the leaves are starting to change. The trail is very easy to walk. Keep in mind the tunnel gets a bit cold so maybe wear a light jacket. We also walked down to the Potomac river from the campground which was very nice. Great opportunity to take some pictures and throw some rocks in the water. There are portable toilets are on the campground. No trash cans but bags for trash are provided.

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