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.


Elroy-Sparta State Trail


Photo by: Eric Reischl Photography


John Wayne Pioneer Trail


Photo by: roycben


Great Allegheny Passage

Maryland and Pennsylvania

Photo by: Cleo Fogal


Historic Railroad Trail


Photo by: Eric Arnold Photography


North Bend Rail Trail

West Virginia

Photo by: Ron Snow


Tunnel Hill State Trail


Photo by: Trails for Illinois


Route of the Hiawatha


Photo by: Seattle.roamer | CC by 2.0


Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway


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

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