8 Magnificent Rail-Trail Tunnels

Built on former railroads, a unique characteristic of rail-trails is their tangible connection to the past. Many feature restored 19th-century depots from the rail corridors they now inhabit, refurbished cabooses, train whistle posts, graceful trestles, and, perhaps most dramatic, railroad tunnels blasted—or sometimes even hand-carved—out of the rock. Here’s a list our favorite rail-trails for exploring these magnificent tunnels.


1

Elroy-Sparta State Trail

Wisconsin


Photo by: Eric Reischl Photography


2

John Wayne Pioneer Trail

Washington


Photo by: roycben


3

Great Allegheny Passage

Maryland and Pennsylvania


Photo by: Cleo Fogal


4

Historic Railroad Trail

Nevada


Photo by: Eric Arnold Photography


5

North Bend Rail Trail

West Virginia


Photo by: Ron Snow


6

Tunnel Hill State Trail

Illinois


Photo by: Trails for Illinois


7

Route of the Hiawatha

Idaho


Photo by: Seattle.roamer | CC by 2.0


8

Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway

Texas


Photo by: 12-Foot Hedgehog Productions | CC by 2.0

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