Outdoors & Recreation

The Blue Ridge Tunnel opened in 1858, and now a nonprofit organization and a class of UVA students are working to bring national attention to the historic tunnel. Photo: 1916 postcard

Project underway to add Claudius Crozet’s Blue Ridge Tunnel to National Register of Historic Places

When the Blue Ridge Tunnel opened in 1858, its narrow 4,273′ passage through the mountains near Rockfish Gap created a corridor connecting Richmond to the Shenandoah Valley. Engineered by French civil engineer Claudius Crozet, it was a feat at the time, constructed in the most difficult stretch of the Virginia railroads—a very steep, craggy passage—and […]

The Rivanna River. Photo: Jack Looney

Rivanna watershed snapshot shows progress, room for improvement

The Rivanna River was recognized in 2000 as a “national treasure,” and local organizations want the waterway to maintain its value. The Rivanna River Basin Commission (RRBC)—a regional organization representing Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Green counties, that recommends programs for enhancement of the river and its watershed—recently released the 2012 Rivanna Watershed Snapshot to […]