After last week’s failure and a grim weather forecast for today, we didn’t have high hopes for locating the Stickpile Tunnel. However, a good set of directions and a little bit of persistence generally goes a long way, and our latest attempt at finding the tunnel ended in success.
The key is to use Carroll Road as a marker, and a left turn onto Kasecamp Road led us to the eastern portal about 2/10 of a mile later. From there, we turned around and found the western portal about a 1/2 mile in the other direction–near a large gravel pile.
The tunnel is in relatively good condition, but it would take a fair amount of work to make it ready for bicycle traffic. The same can be said for the rest of the proposed route for the Western Maryland Rail Trail extension. The project will take lots of time and money, but even the most hardcore C&O enthusiasts can hardly wait for its sister trail to be extended.
For those who are hiking or biking on the canal and are up for an adventure, simply follow the road out of Bonds landing and take a left onto Kasecamp Road. We didn’t measure the exact distance, but travel in this direction until you see a large gravel pile. From there, a short dirt road leads to the tunnel (west portal).
In all, the Stickpile Tunnel and the Green Ridge area are well worth the trip, and sometime in the near future we would like to find the Kessler Tunnel and take a few pictures. I guess we must have a thing for abandoned railroad tunnels.