rj on 07/08/2021 05:10 PM:
As others have commented, we rode through the tunnel in May, even though it was supposed to have been closed. Whether it was open or closed was a topic of conversation on the trail as we rode, so you can surely ask riders coming the other direction as your approach as to the status when you are riding. We were prepared to do the "over the hill" tunnel trail and thought it might be an adventure, but were extremely happy the tunnel was open. The ride from Cumberland to Hancock is ~ 60 miles through bumpy (and in our case, muddy) trail. This was the worst section of the C and O when we road. It's pretty but other than the Tunnel, not much diversion and the trail was quite rough. It probably took us 20 minutes to walk through the tunnel (do not ride through the tunnel for safety). We were told to budget "1-2 hours" to take the tunnel trail if the tunnel was not open and from some of the video I have watched of others doing it, I think that estimate is accurate (the tunnel trail is, I think, just a couple of miles!) An adventure possibly, yes, but a fun adventure, probably not. I hope the trail will be open and if it is not, consider getting a shuttle. Also, it was a little confusing to some riders---if you are travelling from DC to Pittsburgh, there as signs as you approach the tunnel that the tunnel is closed (even though it was not) and at least one person we met, had gone up and over, b/c he was unaware of the situation. we were travelling Pitts to DC and there were no closure signs. Good Luck and have a great trip.