The National Park Service has set up a detour.
If you like to hike along the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath, here's a reminder. The National Park Service has closed part of the towpath from the east portal of the Paw Paw Tunnel. A detour has been set up.
In January, 2013, a significant rockslide occurred in that area. While investigating the incident, Park Service personnel found that numerous other large rock formations were in danger of collapsing.
Due to a danger of another significant rockslide, the Park Service says the towpath near the east portal of the Paw Paw Tunnel will be closed until the path can be cleared, and the remaining rock stabilized.
Hikers and bikers can use the Tunnel Hill Trail as a detour route. It provides interpretative waysides and scenic views of the Potomac River and Green Ridge State Park while it climbs 362-feet above the tunnel to the summit of the mountain, says the National Park Service.
But bikers are urged to dismount when climbing the Tunnel Hill Trail, as it is steep and narrow in some locations.
The Park Service says the Paw Paw Tunnel will remain open at the west end near the parking lot. Visitors who walk through the tunnel will get to the east portal, but the towpath will be closed 30-feet beyond that.
In order to ensure your safety and those of other visitors, the Park Service encourages you to adhere to all signs and barricades directing you away from the rockslide area.
For more information, visit the C&O Canal Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chesapeakeandohiocanal, or call the C&O Canal Park Headquarters in Cumberland at 301-722-8226.