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When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, it was known as the "Tunnel Highway" because it possessed seven tunnels: from east to west, Blue Mountain, Kittatinny Mountain, Tuscarora Mountain, Sideling Hill, Rays Hill, Allegheny Mountain, and Laurel Hill. There was one tunnel through each mountain, and the highway was reduced to a single lane in each direction through each tunnel.

When the Pennsylvania Turnpike opened in 1940, it was known as the "Tunnel Highway" because it possessed seven tunnels: from east to west, Blue Mountain, Kittatinny Mountain, Tuscarora Mountain, Sideling Hill, Rays Hill, Allegheny Mountain, and Laurel Hill. There was one tunnel through each mountain, and the highway was reduced to a single lane in each direction through each tunnel.

Pike to Bike - The Abandoned Turnpike has become a popular tourist attraction. The property is officially closed to the public, and no motor vehicles are allowed on the property, but riders are free to use it at their own risk. The trail requires helmets and lights. Because this stretch sits on parts of the former right-of-way of the South Pennsylvania Railroad that was never completed but later formed the basis of the mainline turnpike, this makes the Pike2Bike unofficially a rail trail.

Pike to Bike - The Abandoned Turnpike has become a popular tourist attraction. The property is officially closed to the public, and no motor vehicles are allowed on the property, but riders are free to use it at their own risk. The trail requires helmets and lights. Because this stretch sits on parts of the former right-of-way of the South Pennsylvania Railroad that was never completed but later formed the basis of the mainline turnpike, this makes the Pike2Bike unofficially a rail trail.

There are three access points to the public section of the abandoned highway:  The intersection of Tannery Road and US 30 in Breezewood sits near the western end of the turnpike, which can be reached by climbing a small hill. Parking is available in front of the orange snow fence at the bottom of the hill. Rays Hill Tunnel lies about two miles east of this point.

There are three access points to the public section of the abandoned highway: The intersection of Tannery Road and US 30 in Breezewood sits near the western end of the turnpike, which can be reached by climbing a small hill. Parking is available in front of the orange snow fence at the bottom of the hill. Rays Hill Tunnel lies about two miles east of this point.

EZ Pass makes passing through toll roads easy :)

EZ Pass makes passing through toll roads easy :)

History and pictures of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and tunnels

History and pictures of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and tunnels

History and pictures of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and tunnels

History and pictures of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and tunnels

The old PA turnpike tunnels in Somerset County - how to find them.

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them

History and pictures of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and tunnels

History and pictures of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and tunnels

Pennsylvania Turnpike Giftshop 1965. Quick! The Way-Back Machine!

Pennsylvania Turnpike Giftshop 1965. Quick! The Way-Back Machine!

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them

Entrance to an old, abandoned tunnel in Somerset County, Pa. The tunnel is part…

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them

Entrance to an old, abandoned tunnel in Somerset County, Pa. The tunnel is part…

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them | PennLive.com

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them | PennLive.com

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them

The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike tunnels: How to find them | PennLive.com

In 1940 the Pennsylvania Turnpike opens. People line up to pay for the experience of driving on an open highway.

In 1940 the Pennsylvania Turnpike opens. People line up to pay for the experience of driving on an open highway.