Braswell Mountain Rail Tunnel in Rockmart, Georgia

An abandoned 19th-century railroad tunnel hides near an old dirt road. Largely forgotten, it awaits hikers willing to slog through muddy trails littered with decaying leaves.

The tunnel was opened in 1882 on a now-shuttered section of the Southern Railway (formerly the East Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia Railroad) near Braswell, Georgia. After nearly a century of use, it was abandoned in 1980 when the railroad was rerouted.

Since trains stopped chugging through the tunnel, it has been...

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