The Union Canal Tunnel Park
About The Union Canal Tunnel Park
Situated on 109 acres of meadows and woods, you will find the oldest existing transportation tunnel in the U.S – The Union Canal. The canal, proposed by William Penn as early as 1690, was desired to tap the agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth and to give access to a second settlement on the Susquehanna. The Tunnel was completed in 1827 and today is a treasured National Historic Landmark.
Visitors can walk on the towpath once trodden by mules, picnic at the mouth of the tunnel, or climb the marked trails through the wooded hill adjacent to the canal. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Narrated tours through the tunnel take place Sunday afternoons (weather permitting) from 12:30 to 4:00 from the first Sunday in June to the last Sunday in October.