The Tunnel Trail In New River Gorge National Park
The Tunnel Trail is a 1/2 mile loop trail located in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia. This is a pet friendly trail.
The easiest way to access the trail is to take the paved path from the parking lot of the Grandview Visitor Center to the main overlook. Right before the overlook you will see the Tunnel Trailhead on your right.
After passing a vertical wall of sandstone you will have the option of going left or right. If you head right, you will travel across a wooden platform beneath a large rock overhang. After heading up a steep set of stone stairs you will end up at the baseball field.
On your way up this set of stairs you will pass the tunnel the trail was named after on your left. Truthfully, it looks more like a small split in the rock and we missed it on our first pass, but found it on our way back down.
Unfortunately you can no longer travel through the tunnel, because part of the roof caved in and it has been permanently closed.
This trail is not marked very well so we got a bit confused. All the leaves falling at the time and covering up our path didn’t help either. After reaching the baseball field we weren’t sure where to go so we turned around and backtracked.
We took the stone steps down to the left this time and continued on our way. This forested trail will also take you pass many large sandstone rock walls. You will encounter a number of cool rock formations and many moss covered boulders along the trail as well.
This is the shortest trail in the Grandview section of the park and is very well shaded. The trail contains several sections of wooden and stone steps that get quite moist and slippery so use caution on your hike.
Though this trail isn’t very long and it’s main attraction is closed to the public, it’s still a neat little trail in the park. We both thoroughly enjoyed the hike and would recommend it to everyone visiting the area.