Tunnels on the Parkway

Did you know there are 26 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway? 25 of them are in North Carolina and one is located in Virginia. Most of the work was done in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. This tunnels is called the Young Pisgah Ridge tunnel and it’s 400 feet long. Want to visit it yourself? It’s located at mile marker 403.0 in North Carolina, about a 25 minute drive from Asheville.

Asheville, North Carolina

This hike was easy and fun! It’s only a .7 mile hike to the pinnacle of Craggy (1.4 miles round-trip) and the reward is this view! This picture was taken at 5,892 feet!

To hike this yourself take the Blue Ridge Parkway to Milepost 364.4. If you’re coming from Asheville, stop at the Craggy Gardens visitor’s center to pick up a map or use the bathroom and then drive north .25 of a mile through a short tunnel. The parking lot and trailhead will be on your left after exiting the tunnel.

 

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