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Easy paved trail with views of Rushmore, gets you away from the crowds

We did this hike with our dog and loved it. We did over the tunnel on the way there and through the tunnel on the way back. We saw a snake, chipmunk, squirrels, birds, and cool views. Informational signs along top trail was cool. Tunnel was kinda creepy but really cool to walk through.

Tips: bring bug spray and a flashlight.

Tunnel is very dark (especially if no other people are walking towards or in front of you). We only had our phone flashlights, which aren't the best, and the ground is natural so it's got bumps and divots. Bugs were a little bad on walk over tunnel. Overall, it was a fun hike and good workout.

hiking
2 days ago

There were 3 generations of us(58, 37 and 9 yrs) that took what I call the basic, easiest trail/hike when we went through the Paw Paw Tunnel. We met at the C&O Paw Paw Tunnel Campground. It was late Sep, partly cloudy, slight breeze once in awhile, with the temp being in the low 70’s, which we felt was perfect weather. None of us broke a sweat really and that was a bonus haha We took the main trail so that we could go through the tunnel. Prior to entering the tunnel, there was a water hand pump but we couldn’t get it to work. Maybe we just didn’t try long enough but we had brought our own water. There was also a port-a-potty just before entering. I would strongly suggest either bringing a small flashlight, wearable headlamp or you can just use the one on your cell but take note your phones battery. The path inside the tunnel is 3,118 ft long and has water puddles, some with water, some dry and there are ripply areas under your feet, which can cause you to scuff your feet and if you aren’t careful, there is a chance of tripping, thus using some form of light is very beneficial. Also, the light helps to see the different colors of the brick over your head. Exiting the tunnel, you’ll be on a wood plank walkway for awhile, then you’re on the ground the rest of the hike. We continued down the trail, through the 3 locks, then we turned around to come back. We got the bright idea when we got to a detour, that IF we had taken it, we would have been on a more challenging hike but no, we had a different idea. Instead of the detour, we followed another path, that was a higher elevation, running parallel to the trail that went back through the tunnel. We thought we’d be able to take this path and walk on top of the tunnel, to the entrance...wrong move because once we made it to the tunnel entrance, the path went away. We had to backtrack to get back on the main trail and back through the tunnel we went, which was perfectly fine with us. My daughter had been eaten alive by mosquitoes so it was a good thing the path had gone away. Take note, there was no port-a-potty on the exit side of the tunnel. We saw snakes, turtles, butterflies, 1 single bird! and heard frogs. It was an awesome time, walking leisurely, talking and observing nature. No one had their faces in their cells and were only used for light and picture taking. It took us a little over 3 hrs. Next time, we’ll either take the trail detour, which is more rugged and reaches higher elevations or we’ll bring the bikes!

Took the dog along, it was a hot day so I ended up carrying him back part of the way. Once you reach the fort there is shade. A little bit of history is always fun. Will go back for the shops and restaurants when family comes to visit.

17 days ago

Take water and bug spray.

Great hike but brought my son in a stroller because it said it was easy. It was not what I’d call easy due to lots of hills, roots and rocks. Had we not had the stroller, it would be great. But disappointed in having worked so hard to keep him upright.

Easy paved trail. Great views of the monument. Partially closed for renovations.

was there yesterday..i loved it..Berkley Springs is a great little town full of history

mountain biking
1 month ago

The tunnel was amazing. I biked up to town hill and the ride was very nice and peaceful.

nature trips
1 month ago

I did this with 2 kids 2 dogs and a grandmother with some physical limitations. It was a wonderful outing. The drive was scenic we stopped on WV9 where you get a really gorgeous view of Prospect Peak. The tunnel was fun with kids they got to walk in the dark. You have to be careful but it is not treacherous. I definitely recommend stopping at the Oak Barrel cafe if you are close by or eating in Berkeley Springs. If the weather is right you will have a perfect day

Almost perfect, this is my first review, first trail and couldn’t have picked a better one to start off with. Well maintained trails on this nation park. Other people on trail but not so many where you loose the peace of the walk. Easy walk and fair amount of shade, except when walking on road. Btw watch for cars on roads inside park. Park office also offers, A/C, water, toilets, parking and a museum. Next trail will be tough to beat. Happy hiking 

Majestic view of the Presidents. Easy and paved with a few stairs and wooden decking. Unfortunately at time of my visit part of the loop was under renovations. August 8, 2018

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike thru then tunnel and back over the Tunnel Hill Trail. The Tunnel Hill Trail is like nature trail with signs to read about the area.

hiking
1 month ago

To enjoy a loop instead of just going thru the Tunnel and back be sure to take the Tunnel Hill Trail back. It's a bit of a climb but you get the views. The complete loop was quite easy except for the one climb up to the top. My high school classmate of 1972, (46 years ago) lives at the intersection of Malcolm Rd. and the Tunnel Hill Rd. He owns 16 acres of land on both sides of the road. He built the Tunnel Sign on that corner because people were missing the tunnel location. When I visit him I always hike here and spend a whole day before drive back to Ellicott City. ** At least it wasn't flooded there **

It’s a simple trail at Mt. Rushmore, more of a walking path to see different angles of the faces. Very busy but still really cool to see.

hiking
1 month ago

Such a fun trail. I enjoyed it more when the construction was not occurring. Bring a flashlight if you plan to walk through the tunnel.

easy for kids, Fort is about a quarter of the way through, some other exhibits along the way

Easy walk to take in views at Rushmore.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful forest setting!

hiking
2 months ago

This is the only trail within miles of me that offers some elevation. While it is near a road part of the way, it is not a busy road, and it did not interfere with the enjoyable ness of our hike. Overall, the hike took my group (two twenty somethings and a forty something) about two hours and forty minutes to complete. We did include the smaller optional loop about two miles into the hike. I highly recommend including it! You get to walk through some serious nature! We even saw a baby dear about five feet away from us! The path is shaded so it helps keep you cool in the heat of Florida. The only real downside to this hike is the shear amount of spiders everywhere. None of them ever bothered me, however, I have never seen so many HUGE spiders in my life. Keep your eyes peeled ;). I think it is best to go early morning or late afternoon. It is located in a very nice town (Amelia island) and it is worth it to explore the downtown area after as a reward for finishing the hike. I will be back to hike it again for sure!

Love this trail. Have done it so many times and in every season in the last 26 years but I always enjoy it. Since the tunnel has been closed I’ve hiked the detour route. It has a lot of interesting signs. I did not realize the tunnel was reopened so that was a nice treat. However, I hear it is closing again 8/8/18!

Easy, paved, very accessible. Partially closed when I went, so I was unable to complete it.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Amazing history, well maintained and easy to navigate....plan on spending the day.

Great site. HIke is a simple walk to the base of the monuments.

A site dedicated to a very bloody battle in the Civil War. There's a lot of trails with varying lengths, all seemed easy. Watch the film in the visitor center for some insight.
The NPS tried to save all the battlefield they could, but the sprawl of the town swallowed up a lot of it.

It's a historical path through a Civil War Battlefield. It's not a hiking trail. However, if you love history and nature, this combines both. Visit the Welcome Center for a map and take a self-guided tour of The Battle of Stones River.

This is a nicely maintained trail. I wish I could have seen all of it.

Hiked here with pup at least once a month. There are trails and greenways. Hiked 3.4 and only around half mile was on greenway. If you don’t know area get map from visitor center

mountain biking
3 months ago

These trails feature a great mixture of flat and climbing. As this part of coastal Florida goes, it is not that terribly rooty or sandy. Lots of shade. Well maintained. Deer, dillo, squirrels, raccoons. Great for walking too.

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