I’m updating this 2009 post in 2022 because a lot has changed, and people keep coming to this page. 🙂
The Blue Ridge Tunnel is open to the public, no more searching and scrounging around for how to get there.
The only tip I’ll offer: take a headlamp.
- How to get to the Blue Ridge Tunnel
- Hiking through the Blue Ridge Tunnel
- Engineering facts about the Blue Ridge Tunnel (it’s amazing)
The 2009 post. (wow – a lot has changed in 13 years!
Someone asked me via the RealCrozetVA meebo widget last night:
Does anyone know how to get to the western entrance of the Crozet tunnel by Waynesboro?”
Here are the answers I have found so far –
To get to the Waynesboro entrance, park alongside 250 at the train bridge overpass between Rockfish Gap and Waynesboro. (We parked just beyond the guardrail on the Waynesboro side. It seems a little sketchy but there was another car there when we left.) There is a dirt road next to the overpass that leads up toward the tunnel. It’s on the Waynesboro side of the bridge on the southern side of the road. It quickly leads up to the tracks. Cross there and then pick up the trail on the other side. Follow it until you get to the tunnel. About a 100 feet from the entrance you’ll feel cold air.
The other end of the tunnel is simpler to access. From Waynesboro, head back over the mountain on 250. Take a right on 6 toward Afton. Take a right on Afton Depot Lane before the tracks. Pass the old train station on the left, now an attorney’s office. Take the road to the end where there’s a spot to park. Follow the dirt road/path to the other end of the tunnel.
Curbplaces: — dead link.
After we had seen the Afton side we went to the Waynesboro side of the tunnel. We parked at the animal hospital off 250 after you pass 64 and walked from there (they have a nice little bridge that leads over the creek.) You have to cross 250 to get onto the trail. There isn’t much of a trail leading to the tunnel and there were thorn bushes everywhere. I have some nice cuts even through my jeans from the thorns.
If you happen to go to the Blue Ridge Tunnel, please let us know!
@JimDuncan I know how to get to the east entrance… I suppose you can get to the west entrance from there… 😉