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Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail

Opened in November of 2020, the 2.25-miles-long Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail passes through a 4,700-foot tunnel bored through the Blue Ridge Mountains between Afton and Waynesboro.  As the tunnel isn’t lit, visitors should bring a headlamp or flashlight to enjoy the experience (we have headlamps available for guest use). The eastern trailhead is located at 215 Afton Depot Lane in Afton. While it is located closer to the tunnel, there are currently only about a dozen parking spaces available. The western trailhead is located along Rte. 250 at the eastern edge of Waynesboro. It offers about 40 parking spaces but requires a longer and steeper walk to the tunnel entrance. The trail within the tunnel is an easy walk for all skill levels.

When completed in 1858 after nearly nine years of construction, it became the longest tunnel in the United States.It has since been named a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The chief engineer of the construction was Claudius Crozet after whom the nearby town of Crozet was named. Prior to this trail’s completion, the tunnel had been unused since 1944, when it was replaced by a parallel tunnel that could handle increased wartime rail traffic.