Hidden Tunnel Trail

Breezewood, Pennsylvania

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The ride derives its name from the two tunnels discovered along the route that are both now abandoned. The route first takes you to the sandstone aqueduct built in 1904 by several hundred skilled Italian stone masons, who carved the native sandstone blocks. This 180-foot tunnel was to serve as an aqueduct for Woodridge Run. The old railroad grade on the huge berm to the south was supposed to span Woodridge Run, hence the aqueduct. The ride then takes you to the second tunnel, which is a massive cavern that was originally cut in the early 1900s by the South Penn Railroad and later used by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. It now lies dormant, as does the ribbon of buckled asphalt that wanders from its dank opening. Highlights: historic sandstone aqueduct, abandoned Sideling Hill Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnel, incredible woods trail riding, kamikaze descent. Tread: the ride is mostly wide singletrack and ATV-style trails. The tread surface varies from grassy to rocky. A small section of fire road and some asphalt climbing are mixed in and break up the rugged sections of the ride.
Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

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Mountain Biking Pennsylvania

by Rob Ginieczki (Falcon Guides)

The ride derives its name from the two tunnels discovered along the route that are both now abandoned. The route first takes you to the sandstone aqueduct built in 1904 by several hundred skilled Italian stone masons, who carved the native sandstone blocks. This 180-foot tunnel was to serve as an aqueduct for Woodridge Run. The old railroad grade on the huge berm to the south was supposed to span Woodridge Run, hence the aqueduct. The ride then takes you to the second tunnel, which is a massive cavern that was originally cut in the early 1900s by the South Penn Railroad and later used by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

It now lies dormant, as does the ribbon of buckled asphalt that wanders from its dank opening. Highlights: historic sandstone aqueduct, abandoned Sideling Hill Pennsylvania Turnpike Tunnel, incredible woods trail riding, kamikaze descent. Tread: the ride is mostly wide singletrack and ATV-style trails. The tread surface varies from grassy to rocky. A small section of fire road and some asphalt climbing are mixed in and break up the rugged sections of the ride.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Breezewood
Distance: 9.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1 - 3 hours
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Contacts: Pennsylvania State Forest 717-783-7941
Local Maps: USGS Wells Tannery, Hustontown; DCNR Bureau of Forestry; Buchanan State Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to Hidden Tunnel Trail

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