Discover the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains- the Crozet Tunnel Greenway, including the newly-opened Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel. It’s located 2.5 hours from Washington, DC- 3 hours from Tidewater and just 90 miles west of Richmond. This awesome trail lies waiting to be discovered. Nearly 20 years in the making, the trail, which is open dawn to dusk, has something for everyone: railroad enthusiasts, hikers and bikers, history buffs and cave dwellers.
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 12-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 25 spaces and 2 over-sized areas for small buses. Please use these directions found at https://www.nelsoncounty.com/blue-ridge-tunnel/info-map/
The trail cuts through a mature forest lined with laurels, moss and a small mountain stream. The steep grade limits access to only those who are fully mobile.
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.
Food and Drink in Nelson County
Nelson 151 is the travel destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, hard cider and outdoor recreation lovers. Route 151in peaceful Nelson County is a designated Virginia scenic byway on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge. Other opportunities await in Nelson County to taste the fresh flavors of a farm-to-table meal, or listen to music under the stars as you discover a new favorite band. Have a tall, crisp glass of cider at Bryants Cider, Blue Toad Hard Cider, or Bold Rock Hard Cider. Foodies can enjoy a gourmet meal at The Farmhouse at Veritas. The four-course, wine paired meals are the very definition of Farm-to-Fork!
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Last Updated: 12/08/2020
215 Afton Depot Lane
Afton, VA 229200 MI
Afton Depot Lane
Afton, VA 229200.09 MI
3261 Afton Mountain Rd.
Afton, VA 229200.16 MI
9585 Critzers Shop Rd. (Rt. 151)
Afton, VA 229200.17 MI
PO Box 25
Afton, VA 229200.17 MI