Chetoogeta Tunnel

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Begun in 1848 and completed two years later, the tunnel was used until 1928 when a new tunnel was built close by. The old tunnel was forgotten and became overgrown with kudzu vines until 1992, when preservationists lobbied to save it. It is now a park centerpiece, and a site known for ghostly activity. A prominent site for Civil War battles, the tunnel has seen a lot of tragedy. Witnesses have described apparitions of soldiers and phantom campfires and lantern light, along with ghostly screams and the smell of rotting flesh.

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Tunnel Hill, Georgia
United States

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34.83915908516915, -85.0352954864502
Whitfield County, Georgia
Nearest Towns:
Tunnel Hill, GA (0.4 mi.)
Varnell, GA (5.5 mi.)
Dalton, GA (6.0 mi.)
Ringgold, GA (6.8 mi.)
Cohutta, GA (9.5 mi.)
Indian Springs, GA (11.0 mi.)
East Brainerd, TN (12.6 mi.)
Apison, TN (12.8 mi.)
Chickamauga, GA (14.7 mi.)
Fort Oglethorpe, GA (14.7 mi.)


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  1. This one goes on my bucket list. Two other tunnels which I have heard are haunted but have no personal experience are. Paw Paw Tunnel , c1836, at over 3,000 feet long it carries the C&O Canal through a mountain in eastern WV. The mule tow path is a pedestrian walkway. Owned by the National Park Service, it is open daily free to walk. Bring flashlights. The other, Stumphouse Tunnel is not to far from Chetoogeta in Oconee County South Carolina. It is incomplete. At just over 1,600 feet it open daily free of charge to walk a couple of hundred feet inside.

      • i lived 5 minutes from here and its actually well taken care of there’s a tour of the tunnel in detail of the process in which the workers went through to dig the tunnel. apart of the tour includes a drive by (on a golf cart) of the civil war era house that belonged to the homesteaders of the area…. the tour includes the small museum , the tunnel itself and the house

  2. I walked through this tunnel once with my daughter and 2 nephews. We got halfway through and realizing how far it was i told everyone we should leave. I picked up my youngest nephew who was about 3 at the time said why are we leaving because thier coming. We were the only people in the tunnel at the time.

  3. We have gone to this tunnel several times. I have a family coneected to it. The first time my hubby went through he smelled cigar smoke. you could also hear the train. The tunnel is a little eerie only because it’s so long and so cool.

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