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Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnels

Twenty-six tunnels punch their way through the solid granite substrata of the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Some seem so primitive they appear to be hand hewn by trolls and each has its’ own character.  No two are just alike.  These tunnels become more awe inspiring with the knowledge they were constructed without the aid of today’s modern technology.  Chiseled, drilled and blasted through the mountains before World War II, some of these tunnels are over seventy years old.

  1. dexey
    October 23, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Mmm, interestin. The Blackwall tunnel under The Thames is way older than that :0)

  2. The Velo Hobo
    October 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Tunnels under water freak me out.

  3. jay
    October 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    also, the pavement inside all of those tunnels is 10x worse than the surrounding pavement…

  4. The Velo Hobo
    October 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Yes, some are very treacherous with pot holes, broken glass and who know what else. But I did notice a lot of fresh re-paving going on north of Asheville around Mt. Mitchell. Hopefully they will re-do the whole Parkway.

    Thanks for the comment, Jack

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