Dingess, West Virginia: The Dingess Tunnel

This unlit, single-lane, claustrophobic and terrifying tunnel is the main road in and out of Dingess.

Address:
Old N and W Railroad Bed Rd, Dingess, WV
Directions:
From the US 52/119 split on the Kentucky/West Virginia state line, drive east on US-119 N. for 4.5 miles. Make a sharp left onto WV-65 N. Drive 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Old N and W Railroad Bed Rd and drive 10 miles to the tunnel.
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Dingess Tunnel.

The Dingess Tunnel

This unlit, single-lane tunnel is the main road in and out of Dingess.

[W.B. Walker, 02/15/2022]

The tunnel was originally dug for a railroad line in 1892. Local lore states that "hundreds" of people -- unwelcome outsiders -- were shot and killed by locals as they exited the tunnel. It became a traffic tunnel in 1913. Seven miles west is the similarly claustrophobic Breeden Tunnel.


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