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Breezewood, Pennsylvania: Abandoned PA Turnpike - "The Road" Movie Location

Several miles of roadway, abandoned as part of the Pennsylvania Turnpike in the 1960s, feature two long scary tunnels open to public hikers and bikers. Shooting location for 2009 post-apocalypse movie "The Road."

Tannery Rd., Breezewood, PA
Take US Hwy 30 east out of Breezewood. You'll pass a cemetery on the left, then the trailhead is at the intersection of Tannery Rd. and US Hwy 30. First tunnel entrance is about 2 miles NE up the trail.
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Abandoned PA Turnpike - "The Road" Movie Location

The best place to park is at these coords: N 039 59.981' W 078 13.685'. It is a pull-off at the start of the trail.

[Brooke Chesson-Riedel, 06/12/2021]


Abandoned PA Turnpike - "The Road" Movie Location

While parked in a designated area off the gravel road running parallel to the lost highway, we were approached by two rangers in a car. Once they realized we checked out, they gave us directions to get close to the longer tunnel. There is a log cabin marked as their HQ where you can park. From there, you can take a short walk to the highway then walk a half mile to the tunnel.

Once there, we walked through until it was too dark to see then used out cell phones as flash lights. We encountered three other groups heading the opposite direction doing the same! Lots of fun, juvenile graffiti along the way.

For bonus fun, imagine the zombie apocalypse and see how far you can walk with the light turned off (nothing there to get hurt by).

[Fuze44, 07/15/2015]

Abandoned PA Turnpike tunnel.

Abandoned PA Turnpike - "The Road" Movie Location

Just off US 30, east of Breezewood, is an abandoned section of the PA Turnpike. It was abandoned in the 1960s because the two tunnels along it were only one lane each way, causing massive bottlenecks. Today it's owned by the Nature Conservancy, which is working on getting the funding to turn it into a biking and hiking trail.

There are two tunnels you pass through; the first is .75 miles, the second 1.25 miles long, and both are quite a ways from the trailhead.

Motor vehicles are not allowed on the abandoned turnpike, and I don't know if you could park closer to the tunnels. It would be an all-day trip by foot, or a couple hours by bike. The offices and maintenance rooms are officially off-limits, but the tunnels themselves are safe and open to the public. The tunnels appeared in the film "The Road."

[Scott, 02/19/2012]

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