Hiking Maryland & Delaware
by David Edwin Lillard (Falcon Guides)
© David Edwin Lillard/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
I have hiked and biked through the tunnel many times, but this was the first time I hiked through and then over it.
The day was the warmest day we had seen in a few weeks -- temps in the 50s. The previous few weeks had been very cold which meant many beautiful ice sculptures in the "canyon" on the east end of the tunnel. One 6-foot section of the C&O Canal Trail was a sheet of ice, angled towards the canal! The kids in my group managed it just fine, but us "older" people were very worried about our balance. I ended up throwing a lot of debris (rocks, twigs, dirt) on the ice to give me more traction We all made it and everyone enjoyed the trail from the wonderful natural ice sculptures to the views from the top of the trail.
Fun short hike. The tunnel is interesting. Great for small kids if they don't mind the dark tunnel. Be sure to bring a flashlight. The rest of the hike is nice for a fall afternoon. It was worth the trip from northern Virginia.
This short trail was strenuous at first but then easy on the down hill. You start at the entrance to the tunnel - don't go thru the tunnel first. You go over the tunnel and end up on the other side and then walk through the tunnel. It was SO COOL !!! The tunnel is sooo much longer than it looks. This was a very fun experience and I highly recommend it.
Sign in/up to upload photos.