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Amanda's Place
40 Winchester St, Paw Paw
304-947-7843
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109 Winchester St, Paw Paw
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Forum Discussions about Paw Paw

Paw Paw tunnel closure
Ray (webmaster) on 06/01/2017 07:25 AM:
The Paw Paw tunnel will close on June 19, 2017. This closure date is official and will require all thru-traffic to use the bi-pass trail (Tunnel Hill Trail) for the duration of the project. Currently the contractor is projecting that the project should be completed in approximately 100 days; that makes the new completion date around the end of September 2017.

 
Anonymous on 06/03/2017 12:52 PM:
They actually changed this to June 2. It is now closed

Paw Paw
Robert reaser from Ronceverte on 06/02/2017 09:42 PM:
As a boy roaming the hills of West Virginia,I came across a few patches of Paw Paw's. Taste a little like bananas. Not very good.

 
sergio from OC, Ca on 06/02/2017 10:00 PM:
Are there trees by the trail we could get fruit from? If so, are they ripe now? It would be fun to try.

Paw Paw Tunnel closure
Robin Neville from Saxton PA on 06/01/2017 11:04 AM:
Could you tell me the detour route for the closure of the Paw Paw Tunnel? We are planning a trip June 24, and we need to know how long the detour will be.
Thank you for your assistance and have a nice day
Robin

 
Seth from Rockville on 06/01/2017 11:11 AM:
The PawPaw tunnel is currently open. The detour is about 1.5 miles up over the hill. I think you have to walk it, so it shouldn't add more than an hour or two to your ride.

 
Steven Gaub from Lakewood on 06/01/2017 01:01 PM:
Is the CSX trail a reasonable workaround? How well does it join to the C&O on both sides?

 
Tampabiker from Tampa on 06/01/2017 01:21 PM:

To provide thru-access for bicylists during the project, a bypass trail will be opened using an old logging road on the berm side of the Canal upstream of the south tunnel portal. A temporary “bridge” will be installed across the Canal prism that connects with an abandoned logging road that provides a gentler grade to the top of Tunnel Hill. This temporary by-pass then connects with the existing Tunnel Hill Trail. The existing Tunnel Hill Trail will remain open during the project, but for safety reasons, cyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bikes across the mountain using the bypass trail detour. The bypass will be clearly marked with signs.

You can read the whole article on the National Park Service website at: https://www.nps.gov/choh/learn/news/co-canal-towpath-closure-paw-paw-tunnel.htm

 
Steven Gaub from Lakewood on 06/01/2017 01:25 PM:
After some research, I find that the national park has this on its web page."To provide thru-access for bicylists during the project, a bypass trail will be opened using an old logging road on the berm side of the Canal upstream of the south tunnel portal. A temporary “bridge” will be installed across the Canal prism that connects with an abandoned logging road that provides a gentler grade to the top of Tunnel Hill. This temporary by-pass then connects with the existing Tunnel Hill Trail. The existing Tunnel Hill Trail will remain open during the project, but for safety reasons, cyclists will be required to dismount and walk their bikes across the mountain using the bypass trail detour. The bypass will be clearly marked with signs." My questions are 1: is there any better bypass if you leave the C&O on the west side of Paw Paw to the roads and return asap? 2 How strenuous and long is the trail around? I anxiously await a local person's opinion.

 
Anonymous on 06/01/2017 01:47 PM:
What would the blogosphere think about taking 51 at the campground to Malcolm Rd SE to Tunnel Hill Rd? A 2.3 miles ride. What are the surfaces of the roads like and the net elevation? To summarize this looks much less like a mountain bikers solution. Then the logging road and the footpath.

 
Anonymous on 06/01/2017 09:01 PM:
Looking at Google maps...
Cross 522 bridge at Hancock.
Just after bridge turn left on Airport Lane.
Shortly after that turn right on what is listed as CSX trail.
Follow CSX trail until Low Line Rd somewhere near Great Cacapon WVA.
Take Low Line Road until Paw Paw WVA.
Right on 51 until Paw Paw campground.
That would take you to the other side of the tunnel.

I ran this route through google maps for bike touring. The elevation changes weren't that steep.

The CSX trail from Hancock to Low Line road are along the side of the CSX line. Low Line Road runs close to the river on the WVA side of the Potomac.

Unless someone convinces me otherwise , this is the route I'm taking when I go Arlington to Pittsburgh near Labor Day.

I will have to miss Bills Place in Orleans this time.

Maybe if I turn around and go Pittsburgh to Arlington for a round trip excursion I will get to Bills and the Paw paw logging detour.




new B&B in Paw Paw
Carol from Paw Paw, WV on 07/23/2014 03:46 PM:
Heads up folks! Theres a new B&B in Paw Paw called Wrenwood Inn. Located in the same house as the old Heritage Trail B&B thats 2 doors up from the Liberty gas station, across the street from the bank. Open 7 days/week, year round, newly upgraded and furnished. (And I know how to cook!) Check out our website www.wrenwoodinn.com The new bike trail built by the Park Service that connects the towpath and Paw Paw is scheduled to be finished this fall. Come visit! Carol

 
JJB from Fairmont, WV on 07/23/2014 08:51 PM:
This is GREAT news. I really hope it works out for you. We stayed in Paw Paw on our first through ride. Our second time through there was nothing open and we had to ride to Cumberland. That made for about a 60 mile day. Very hard due to rain and a muddy trail. Would have loved to been able to stop and stay in Paw Paw.

Good luck and hope to stay with you some time!

 
Lou on 07/24/2014 10:31 AM:
In order to get to Paw Paw WV from the Towpath do you have to go across the Highway Bridge? Cars fly across that Bridge and it does not seem safe.
Is there a Pedesterian Bridge that can take you over to PAW PAW?

 
TopShelf from Ohio on 02/16/2017 02:22 PM:
The Wrenwood Inn is a a nice lunch stop in Paw Paw. I was there in June 2016. Their wraps are very good. I also looked at their rooms for future reference - they have both B&B rooms and hostel rooms. Best news - the new bike trail to Paw Paw is complete and keeps you away from traffic - no problem getting to Paw Paw.

No Lodging in Paw Paw
Swagman from LaGrange, GA on 01/11/2013 11:15 AM:
Just a heads up everyone, there is absolutely NO LODGING in Paw Paw. Nothing.

 
Top Shelf on 01/29/2013 01:50 PM:
I take it the B&Bs - Heritage and Grandma's) have both closed.

 
Swagman from LaGrange, GA on 03/17/2013 02:37 PM:
Yup! Both are closed, listed for sale. No word on any interested buyers. Till then, it's Little Orleans or the ground.

 
Darel from Norfolk, VA on 12/29/2013 06:28 AM:
As of late October 2013 still closed. Big auction sale in front yard of the brick house next to the Liberty store. Looks like the white house is now a private home.

 
Carol from Paw Paw, WV on 07/23/2014 03:33 PM:
Hello! Yes there is now a B&B in Paw Paw called Wrenwood Inn. We purchased the old Heritage Trail B&B, rehabbed it (new heat pump, back up furnace, cent AC, hot h2o, new paint, furnishings, linens, etc.) Check our website www.wrenwoodinn.com. Come and visit! Carol

 
Adam on 07/24/2014 10:33 AM:
Thank you Carol. This is good news. I wish you the best! :)

 
Dan from Paw Paw, WV on 05/15/2015 09:44 PM:
If you're up this way, you can stop by my house to use FREE internet, device charge, use of Kitchen. Lodging is $25. Run by a C&O Volunteer, fully licensed, Health Dept. inspected, clean, safe, ansd sane. Emergency assistance always available. Bikepath Bed and Bath, 109 Winchester St. 304-947-7236. Thanks.

 
Amanda from Paw Paw Wv on 07/01/2016 02:55 PM:
The restaurant in Paw Paw Wv has opened back up on May 1, 2016. It is called Amanda's Place. We are opened Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11-7 and closed on Tuesday's.

Paw Paw
Bikepath Bed And Bath from Paw Paw, WV on 06/06/2015 10:41 AM:
FYI, the NPS offers FREE Ranger-led Boat Tours in Williamsport(mi. 100) on Sat-Sun. They last an hour, start from 10:30-3:00. Space is limited to 12/tour. If interested, call 301-582-0813. It's a great Park, all we have to do is keep using it, so they don't shut it down again. Thanks.

Attn Lou: bike path from Towpath to Paw Paw
Carol from Paw Paw, WV on 08/01/2014 03:52 PM:
The NPS is building a bike path from the C&O towpath to the bridge over the Potomac River(Rt 51) which goes thru a cow pasture and keeps bicyclists off the busy Rt 51. On the bridge there is a bike lane and from the bridge to Paw Paw there is a bike lane on the side of the road. The new bike trail is expected to be completed this fall.

 
Randy on 08/04/2014 01:54 PM:
Thank you Carol for the information.
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Do you have a bird's eye view of the project? Are they making progress?
The reason I'm asking is that the Slackwater project took years so I'm hoping this goes faster. Thanks.

 
lenny on 08/05/2014 03:59 AM:
Big Slackwater project was an engineer nightmare as well as very dangerous.With one more problem. FUNDING.

 
Carol from Paw Paw, WV on 08/05/2014 07:18 AM:
I live 1/4 mile from the construction and yes it appears they are making good progress. I have spoken to the supervisor of the project and he says they are on time. I have been watching with more than a passing interest, I own the B&B which is located at the end of the bike path. I don't think they are finding the cow pasture too challenging.

 
Randy on 08/05/2014 02:04 PM:
Thank you Carol. Glad to hear this project is on schedule and they have the funding.
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They have also been talking about expanding the Western Maryland Rail Trail for years and that project was to take the WMRT all the way to Paw Paw. I've seen surveyor stakes, but no work was ever done.

Paw Paw Tunnel Rock Slide
Cycleman from Preston, MD on 03/17/2013 12:38 PM:
Heads up everyone, the C&O Canal Trail is closed from the west entrance of the Paw Paw Tunnel to about 300 feet from the east portal due to a rock slide back in January 2013. The NPS says they have not date to when they are going to start repairs or when the tunnel will be open again. You now have to detour over the 2 mile Tunnel Hill trail to get past the obstruction. Some cyclist say that this is not an option due to the weight of their machines. One possible solution would be to shuttle from the parking lot at Maryland 51 to Bond’s Landing or vice versa. Here are two individuals in Little Orleans who offer shuttle services. Steve Huebner, proprietor of Little Orleans Lodge, (301) 478-2102 or 481-1480 or Don Weatherly at (301) 478-2620. There has been some talk on the Yahoo Groups C&O Canal Trail site to detour north on Maryland 51 to Oldtown-Orleans Road. Bad idea. The road surface on Oldtown-Orleans Road is only paved for about the first couple of miles, then it turns into a dirt road who’s service resembles a wash board at times if you’re lucky. The grades are pretty stiff also. My advice to anyone thinking of a highway detour, DON’T. West Virginia 9 to Berkley Springs is mountainous with a very narrow shoulder; and as I stated Oldtown-Orleans Road is unimproved, ruff, and strenuous.

 
Dave from Cheswick, PA on 04/29/2013 08:29 PM:
I read on C&O Canal Trust's Facebook site that the slide has been cleared and the trail is now open. Here is a link to their page. You may have to scroll down their timeline to early April.

 
Randy on 05/01/2013 03:09 PM:
The original post is out dated information! The TRAIL IS OPEN. The slide has been cleared and the embankment stabilized.
Again, the TRAIL IS OPEN.