184.5 Miles of Adventure! Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures! Open during daylight hours year round.

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
29 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!

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

hiking
2 months 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
2 months 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 **

hiking
2 months 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.

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!

4 months ago

Fun single track course with multiple route options. Quiet area, small course but good for a quick ride. Constantly improving the course and clearing areas for disc golf but this is a great trial to learn basics and improve technical riding abilities.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike. It’s pretty flat along the canal side, then more climbing and descents on inland side. I did a double loop to increase the distance. First went clockwise around the loop, then went back counter-clockwise. That’s a good way to go bc then you maximize the climbing in the middle, with good warm up and warm down at start and finish on the flats. Lots of stream crossings. Well marked. Lovely trail. With double loop it’s 4 Miles.

hiking
5 months ago

Great beginner trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike along the C&O Canal and if you are driving along interstate 68. Not difficult but a fun walk if you can go through the tunnel. Flash lights are not needed but worth having. Hiking up over the top gives you a great view back down the river, but do it early in the day to avoid the sun in your face on photos

Beautiful trail, but be careful after exiting the tunnel and climbing. It’s easy to lose your way and be lost for a few hours...I wasn’t too angry, however since the terrain is gorgeous no matter where you are, and the trail picked up again upon descending.

View of the Potomac River at the midpoint is great. Paw Paw Tunnel is fascinating to see at both ends. Can climb the hill trail then return to start by going through the tunnel. (Not currently-- park work keeps you from entering far side of tunnel) Flashlight or headlamp recommended for tunnel.

Nice for a wooded walk with my dog. Saw a Great Blue Heron. Pretty path rich with Civil War history. Alot of bicycles.

hiking
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Very cool. I only walked through the tunnel and part of the trail that went over the tunnel.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 10, 2017

Great hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 27, 2017

My go-to hike for times it's just the dog and me. Not very busy, nice views. Spectacular sunsets over the Potomac.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This was a fun bike ride with the kids. The tunnel was long and dark. Very different than my usual hikes. As far as all hikes I've done I'd give it 2 stars but for Mid East coast it's a 4.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

We were here over the winter after the big rock slide on the north side of the tunnel. Not surprised itis closed for a while this year (2017)

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TUNNEL IS CLOSED FOR REPAIRS UNTIL THE END OF JULY!!!
My husband and I took our grandson here for a fun hike through the tunnel only to find that there was a sign partway there that restricted access to "Authorized Personnel" only. We could not even see the tunnel. We took the detour hike which took us over the tunnel and down the other side but we gained nothing more than a pretty view at the top. A very disappointing day for us all.
Apparently work is being done on the opposite end of the tunnel to prevent rock slides.
Let's hope it is opened on time and we can try again.

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

first hike of the year, of the decade. hiked over the "Easy" trail. kicked my butt but the scenery was worth it. I'll be back.

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

love the location

Super easy walk, but beautiful and a serene place to walk with pups. This time of year is especially beautiful with the trees bursting in their glory, full of massive hues!

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Very pretty trail. extremely flat & I'd rate as easy. The tunnel was open today & very impressive.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great trail, although it looks like the tunnel will be closing for maintenance in the coming weeks. Make sure to double-check the availability before planning your trip!

mountain biking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

In 2000, we rode from Cumberland to this area on the C&O Canal Trail on our bikes. The tunnel was especially tantalizing to the boys, as there was a large black snake in the tunnel; they were absolutely fascinated.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Nice and relaxed ... Good way to unwind from hammering the towpath on bike

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