Big Savage Tunnel to Reopen for 2021 Season

By Bryan Perry |

The Big Savage Tunnel will open for the season on Friday, April 9, 2021, according to Somerset County officials. This is a week later than anticipated, since deep snow remains on the Great Allegheny Passage at both ends of the tunnel; temperatures have not yet warmed sufficiently like they have in Downtown Pittsburgh or in Washington, D.C., and the tunnel is not yet safely or easily accessible.

Crews from Somerset County and Somerset County Recreation and Trails Association close Big Savage Tunnel each winter to protect the tunnel from cold winds and repeated freeze-thaw cycles that threaten to damage and fell its lining.