The Claudius Crozet Blue Ridge Tunnel will be part of a greenway system connecting three counties. CSX Transportation donated the tunnel to Nelson County. Hikers, bikers, railroad enthusiasts, and history buffs will be amazed at the trailway through the restored tunnel. There’s another surprising twist to this attraction- those who enter must bring flashlights and headlamps. That’s right- the tunnel isn’t lit! What’s more, there are plenty of activities so you can pack a whole day full of fun experiences after visiting the tunnel.
After you’ve enjoyed your Crozet Tunnel adventure, head west to Waynesboro’s Heritage Museum. Both permanent and rotating exhibit galleries make up the museum, which highlights important events from the city of Waynesboro’s history. A quilt hand-sewn by Waynesboro residents is available at the front entryway as a symbol of community pride.
After marveling at the city’s history, check out the museum gift shop if you’d like to purchase a souvenir or a unique gift. Throughout Waynesboro, you’ll be interested in the Waynesboro Murals, as recently, Waynesboro has witnessed more public art. The murals cover entire buildings and can be seen in various places throughout the city. There’s even a Waynesboro Street Arts Trail! A free scavenger hunt can be found at www.traipse.co/waynesboro.
Head south to Nelson County’s Route 151. Affectionally called “Virginia’s Weekend Address,” this famed craft beverage trail includes breweries, cideries, wineries, and a meadery. Included on the trail are: Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Mountain Brewery, Bold Rock Hard Cidery, Blue Toad Hard Cider, Brewing Tree Beer Co., Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Flying Fox Vineyard, Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, Silverback Distillery, Valley Road Vineyards, Veritas Vineyard & Winery, Bryant’s Small Batch Cider, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company.
Most 151 partners put on special events on selected weekends and usually include music and food along with tastings. Nelson 151 is located along a beautiful stretch of scenic byway, complete with Blue Ridge Mountain views. Flying Fox Vineyard in Afton is reminiscent of The Waynesboro Murals. Those who visit Flying Fox Vineyard relish the stunning décor. Industrial furniture and huge murals furnish and adorn the building, and art is everywhere you look.
The Crozet Tunnel is set to be an impressive venue all its own, and a trip through the tunnel can also open up into an opportunity to explore what both sides of The Blue Ridge Mountains has to offer.
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Last Updated: 10/07/2020