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The Blue Ridge Tunnel Path will quickly be open to the general public

Posted by Jeff on Nov 21, 2020 at 6:53 am in Hiking News | 0 comments | Last change: November 20, 2020

The long awaited opening of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Trail is soon becoming a reality.

The approximately 3.25 km long path is to be opened to pedestrians and cyclists on Saturday, November 21. Part of the route leads through a railway tunnel, which was built between 1850 and 1858 under the direction of the engineer Claudius Crozet. At nearly a mile (1.6 km) away, it was the longest tunnel in America at the time of its completion.

The trail project has been in progress since 2001.

“You know, we had to procrastinate a few times, but now we can’t wait for people to come and see it. They know there will be visitors from all over the US and beyond, ”said Claire Richardson, director of Nelson County Parks and Recreation.

The east entrance of the trail is in Afton while the west entrance is in Augusta County near Waynesboro. There is parking at both ends.

It is recommended to bring a flashlight or headlight for the tunnel section of the trail. The trail hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Richardson urges anyone visiting the trail to follow COVID-19 precautions and stay 6 feet away and wear a mask when visiting the trail.

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