Historic railway tunnel in Virginia now open to the public


AFTON, Va. (AP/WAVY) — Hikers and bicyclists can now explore a historic railroad tunnel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains after nearly two decades of restoration efforts.

The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail system opened to the public Saturday.

The nearly mile-long tunnel was constructed between 1849 and 1859. Considered an engineering marvel at the time, the Blue Ridge Tunnel was designed by renowned French engineer Claudius Crozet.

The trail has parking lots on both sides and visitors need to bring their own lights to see.

Some additional information to keep in mind before your visit:

  • The trail is open from sunrise to sunset
  • Visitors are required to follow COVID-19 protocol, including 6-feet social distancing, no large groups and face masks are encouraged
  • Bikes are welcome. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians
  • Dogs on leashes are allowed on the trail and in the tunnel
  • Wear comfortable shoes you won’t mind possibly getting wet. There will be puddles of water inside the tunnel

Click here to learn more about the Blue Ridge Tunnel in Nelson County.

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