Monday, October 6, 2014

Abandoned PA Turnpike

For the second year in a row I biked the abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike. Which is roughly nine miles of overgrown and decaying road, with two tunnels, one of which is over a mile long. This place is so perfectly post-apocalyptic that they filmed the movie The Road here. 

The bike ride portion of our trip was a little rough. I don't think any of us were quite prepared for the cold temperatures and wind. The real fun was spinning steel wool and doing other types of light painting in the near pitch black tunnels. 

Entrance to the first tunnel.

No shortage of graffiti.

Mid tunnel group shot.

This property isn't technically abandoned. It's a bike trail that isn't open yet, and even though they don't mind people biking it, they don't want you inside the ventilation shafts and maintenance rooms, but...

Turbines to pull bad air out and good air in.

On top of one of the tunnel entrances.

The second tunnel.

Despite being a little too cold, I still think this was a great day to bike this trail.

Looking at the rest of the group from on top of the tunnel.

Jake with a roman candle.

The sun was setting just as we reached the car.

If you have a chance to bike this trail, do it! It's fun.

Photos taken with a Canon Mark III, and Canon 60D; using a Canon 20mm f/2.8, and a Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens.


  1. Nice photos! I am a regular here.

    1. Thank you. It's a great spot. I wish I had something like this closer to where I live.

  2. Great pictures! We live near there and go often. This year we've seen a huge bear, the regular deer, a coyote, and a few porcupines.

    1. Thank you so much! I was hoping to see some great wild life while we were there but unfortunately we didn't see anything.

  3. Where is this located

    1. The Western end of the abandoned stretch of turnpike starts in Breezewood, PA.

  4. You should at least give the official web site for the trail.