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Tunnel Hill Heritage Center and Historic Railroad Tunnel

Historic Site or Trail
Inside view of the Historic Western & Atlantic Tunnel – Gary Keeble

ADA Accessibility Notes

The museum and tunnel are completely ADA accessible. The Clisby Austin House is not currently accessible. Visitors may tour the tunnel via an 8 passenger golf cart.

Featuring the one and only engineering marvel of its time, the Western and Atlantic Railroad tunnel, as well as the Tunnel Museum and the Clisby Austin House.

Visitors can experience a true engineering marvel of its day as they walk or ride through the first major railroad tunnel in the South. Built completely by hand by hundreds of Irish immigrants, it was finished in 1850 and became the final connection on the first railroad through the Appalachian Mountains reaching the Tennessee River.

Visitors are treated to guided tours by trained staff. The tour includes the tunnel museum with artifacts from the construction and renovation of the tunnel as well as Civil War and Native American exhibits. The museum also offers a guided tour that allows you to use your cell phone.

The nearby Clisby Austin house was the home of Clisby Austin, a Tennessee minister, who believed he had found the most beautiful, peaceful spot in the world at Tunnel Hill. That is until the winds of war began blowing in North Georgia. After the Famous "Great Locomotive Chase" that came through the tunnel, and passed by Clisby Austin's home, minister Austin is said to have fled as fast and far as he could. The home became the headquarters of General William T. Sherman, and it was here that he devised his plans for the Atlanta campaign.

Visitors can choose to do all three tours or just one.

How to Get There

I-75 Exit 341 - Go south on GA Hwy 201 for 2.5 miles. Follow brown "Tunnel" signage from I-75 to the tunnel.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets on a leash are welcome in the Tunnel and on the grounds outside.

Time Period Represented

Mid 19th Century and Civil War Period


Monday-Saturday - 9:00 am to 5:00 PM - Eastern Time

Seasons Open



Visitor Fees

$7.00 for adults - $5.00 for children 12 and under & Seniors 55 and over

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