This abandoned tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway is run by the Texas State Parks, but there is no entry fee at this time. This Tunnel is the only railroad tunnel ever dug in Texas east of the Pecos River and south of the Panhandle. It is a straight bore of about 920 feet and they estimate that 14,222 cubic yards of material removed. The work was done by hand using blasting powder for the solid portions of the rock, with shovels, picks, scrapers, and narrow gauge dump cars used to haul the material out. On July 15, 1913 the two ends of the bore broke through, and on October 28, 1913 Fredericksburg finally had its railroad when the rails reached town. The RR only lasted thirty years before being abandoned.
For more information you can visit here. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/old-tunnel
The 6.2 mile walk route will be along paved county roads with a 1/2 mile option to walk the nature trail for viewing of the south end of the tunnel.
Start/Finish point and registration will be at Alamo Springs Cafe, 107 Alamo Rd., Fredericksburg, TX
START TIME: 8am-Noon. Must be finished by 3:00 PM.
This is a Volksmarching event and you need to register to get a start card. We request a $3.00 donation to help defray the cost of hosting the event. There will be a 5K and 10K option.
Directions to walk location from Fredericksburg: Take Hwy 290 toward Johnson City. Turn right on Old San Antonio Road. Go approximately 11 miles and turn left on Alamo Road. Start will be on the right.
If you are interested in collecting a stamp for doing this event there will be “New Walker Packets” for sale at the start. They cost $5.00 but they contain three walk coupons inside worth $3.00 each so it is a bargain.