Little Orleans to Paw Paw
This is the wildest, most beautiful and remote section of the Towpath. At Little Orleans the trail crosses 15 Mile Creek Aqueduct and clings to the river as it heads upstream. For the most part the berm is folded rock. In some sections the abandoned Western Maryland grade looms over the canal. At three different places massive trestles carry the grade across to West Virginia. Because of beaver activity, many miles of the canal are watered. Look for turtles basking on snags on sunny days.
Further west the mountains close in. Near Tunnel Hollow, the route enters a deep cut leading to the Paw Paw Tunnel. Emerging from the tunnel our journey ends at MD Route 51, just across the river from Paw Paw, West Virginia.