Buck Creek Tunnel is just one of 26 tunnels you go through as you drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Twenty five of the tunnels are in North Carolina and one is in Virginia. These tunnels are amazing to see especially when you realize that the tunnels were cut right through the mountains. The majority of the work was done by hand in the 1930s. The stone portals were added in the 1950s and 60s (Blue Ridge Parkway Tunnels).
According to the Blue Ridge Parkway website, The Buck Creek Tunnel can be found at mile marker 407.2. It is 462 feet long with a height ranging between 13.8 feet and 19.2 feet.
Driving through tunnels still brings me a moment of excitement and wonder just like it did when I was a child. I grew up in the rolling plains of the Panhandle of Texas where there is no need for mountain tunnels. It’s no wonder my family always made a production of driving through tunnels by honking the car horn in the middle of the tunnel. Sometimes, we even opened the car windows and gave a little shout just so we could listen to the echo.
What about you? How do feel when you drive through tunnels?
Monochrome Madness Challenge
“Buck Creek Tunnel” is my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. This week’s theme was “under”. You can join the Monochrome Madness challenge and see more entries over at Leanne Cole Photography. You can view my other Monochrome Madness Challenge entries by clicking on Monochrome Madness.