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PHOTOS: Opening of the Blue Ridge Tunnel

PHOTOS: Opening of the Blue Ridge Tunnel

TheĀ Blue Ridge Tunnel trail opens Saturday, Nov. 21 to pedestrians and bikers nestled 700 feet below the Blue Ridge Mountains at Rockfish Gap in Afton. The abandoned train tunnel, constructed between 1850 and 1858, is about 50 degrees and hikers are recommended to bring a flashlight.

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The trail features a nearly one-mile long railroad tunnel designed by engineer Claudius Crozet and constructed by hundreds of Irish immigrants and enslaved African Americans over a period of 10 years shortly before the Civil War. Trailheads are accessible on both sides of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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