King Tunnel


King Tunnel

This abandoned section of railway (and area where the station and homes once stood) is now an Athens Rails to Trails near Moonville Tunnel. This old coal town once boasted a general store, homes, a school, coal tipple and a post office. The post office became defunct in 1892. However, this unique wooden tunnel remains, a reminder of the industry once scattered around an area that is mostly wilderness now.

Located along King Hollow Rd, 3.1 miles from  State Route 278 near Lake Hope State Park.

Drive past Lake Hope State Park Ranger Station on State Route 278 and then pass the iron furnace. King Hollow Road will be on the right, an old gravel and dirt road. Drive 3.1 miles.  Park where the old railroad bed crosses King Hollow Road.  Walk the railroad bed to the left to reach the tunnel.  ¼ mile hike.