Description - The natural tunnel, for which this park was named, is believed to be over one million years old. Carved through limestone and dolomite, the tunnel attracts hundreds of visitors each year.
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Natural Tunnel State Park
- Natural Tunnel's 850 acres is Virginia's premier karst area. This limestone and dolomite area is laden with numerous holes, caves and caverns. Caving is a very popular sport at this park. A modern chair ride takes visitors to spectacular views of woodland and wildflowers during the summer months. (A small fee is required.) The park's main attraction is what William Jennings Bryan called "the eight wonder of the world."
Recreation - Natural Tunnel State Park offers the visitor traditional park accommodations such as hiking, swimming, picnicking, interpretive programs, canoeing, 29 tent and RV campsites, visitor center and amphitheater.
Scott County Park offers a 9-hole golf course, pro shop and picnic shelters. Carters Fold, birthplace of the famous June Carter Cash, includes country music, traditional bluegrass music and museum. Homeplace Mountain Farm and Museum is 17 miles from the park in Weber City. It offers a collection of authentic structures and artifacts from locations throughout Scott County. Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and the Hensley Settlement is a short drive and offers scenic and historic areas, hiking, camping and visitor center.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
Natural Tunnel State Park is in Scott County, Virginia. It is approximately 13 miles north of Gate City and 20 miles north of Kingsport, Tenn. To get there from I-81, take Rt. 23 to Rt. 871 to the park entrance.