The Coolest Hike in Virginia

Discover Virginia’s newest hike in the heart of the Blue Ridge mountains. 2.5 hours from Washington, D.C. – 3 hours from Tidewater and just 90 miles west of Richmond, the Crozet Tunnel Greenway lies waiting to be discovered.

Nearly 20 years in the making, the trail, open dawn to dusk, has something for everyone – railroad enthusiasts, hikers and bikers, history buffs and cave dwellers.

Come see for yourself why we think it is THE COOLEST HIKE IN VIRGINIA!

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Crozet Tunnel entrance


Located where the famed Blue Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah National Park converge you will find two access points for your next adventure.

The east trail is fully accessible, primarily flat and offers views of the active railroad line. The 56-spot parking lot can be found at 215 Afton Depot Lane.

The western trailhead is situated in Waynesboro at 483 Three Notched Mountain Highway and has 20 spaces and 2 over-sized areas for small buses.

Please use these directions – not GPS or Google Maps

Hiking the Blue Ridge Tunnel


Dark, damp and hidden over 700 feet below the Blue Ridge mountains lies a 4,700’ abandoned train tunnel in the heart of the Crozet Tunnel Greenway. At just over 2 1/4 miles, the crushed stone path offers the explorer a chance to travel back in time to touch the original pin scars from the 1850’s. 170 years later, the tunnel is more cave-like and holds year-round temperatures of 50 degrees.

Wanderers can discover bats, the elusive long tailed salamander, ancient hand molded bricks and secret waterfalls. Strap on your headlamp and lace up your hiking shoes for a cool, unforgettable voyage!

beer on tap


Connecting two regions steeped in libation history, the Crozet Tunnel Greenway is your starting point for your next tasty excursion.

Nelson 151 is the travel destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, hard cider and outdoor recreation lovers. Route 151 is a designated Virginia scenic byway on the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge.

To the west, explore the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail where travelers can relax and enjoy the companionship of good friends amidst some of the nation’s most beautiful farms and mountains, taste the fresh flavors of a farm-to-table meal, or listen to music under the stars as you discover a new favorite band.


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