The Tunnel Trail In Maryland That Will Take You On An Unforgettable Adventure
most beautiful time of year for hiking in Maryland. Much of the state is covered in vibrant fall foliage and you may have thought about an outdoorsy adventure. One of the prettiest spots this time of year is the C & O Canal — especially the Paw Paw Tunnel area. Read on to learn more about this historic and scenic spot.
The C & O Canal towpath stretches for 184.5 miles, from Washington DC to Cumberland, Maryland.
You can walk, jog, or cycle any section along this route for scenic views. The autumn foliage enhances the sights further.
When you arrive in the Oldtown area, you'll spot this stone structure known as Paw Paw Tunnel.
Construction on the tunnel began all the way back in 1836 and took a whopping 14 years to complete. It finally opened in 1850.
You can walk through the 3,118-foot tunnel but be sure to bring a flashlight -- it's very dark and some say it's haunted.
End up on the other side for more pretty trail views.
You can also climb the stairs up the side of the structure...
...and enjoy this unique view down below. There's really no other trail section quite like this in Maryland.
Please note that an ongoing construction project may cause closures along the path. Click here for more information.
Have you hiked along this area of the C & O Canal towpath? For a list of autumn hikes in the Old Line State,
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