King Hollow Tunnel

There are some interesting old railroad tunnels in southern Ohio including this one – King Tunnel or King Hollow Tunnel.

Built in 1855 by the Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad, this stretch of rail line later became part of the Baltimore and Ohio before seeing its demise in the late eighties under CSX ownership.

It is now surrounded by the Zaleski State Forest, close to the town of Mineral and just a few miles from the famed Moonville Tunnel.

Take a closer look. It’s a hand-built wooden tunnel.

That’s not something you see every day.

Here’s something else you don’t see every day. This image is on file at the Southeast Ohio History Center in Athens.

They date this image to around 1900.

Want to go? You can park at the intersection of Rockcamp Road and King Hollow Trail. I think it’s about a half mile hike to the tunnel. If you go in spring, look for wildflowers along the way. I haven’t been there in a few years but I recall it being quite pretty.