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C&O Canal - Paw Paw Tunnel

Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
+1 301-678-5463
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Hiking the day away.

For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed going here. Whether to camp or simply to walk... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cumberland, Maryland
via mobile
Tunnel not really closed.

The Paw Paw Tunnel was supposed to be closed, but at the end there was a crane blocking the exit... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Rt. 127, Cumberland, MD
+1 301-678-5463
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Reviewed yesterday 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 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Check the status because you currently can't get close to the tunnel (we'd been told you could go to the entrance, but we couldn't). You have to go up and over the Tunnel Trial, but you get a nice view.

Thank Knansea
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We walked it but now we wish we had our bikes. The trail is amazing and beautiful. What a blast!!! Bring flash lights for the tunnel! The sounds and darkness is amazing!

Thank stm1258
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hike with the bikes was a bit challenging in mid-90's temperature climbing over the tunnel. Make sure to have plenty of water. I have clip on shoes so it was tough sliding up and down the path.

1  Thank KimCarlKids
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Quick decision to break up a trip, dropped off the road to the parking lot. Nice walk to the tunnel along the old canal, LOTS of frogs talking, late afternoon. The tunnel is really interesting, be aware that I'm an engineer, but really neat! Used...More

1  Thank JohnMBirmingham
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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.