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Natural Tunnel State Park
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Natural Tunnel State Park
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.

Attractions - 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).

Location - 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.


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Report: Last June we took a trip to Va., and as we passed Natural Tunnel State Park we saw a sign: 'Pickin' In The Park'. Being musicians, we checked it out and were most pleased to be able to sing and play at their beautiful ampitheater. It was a highlight of our trip and the park was beautiful. It was thrilling to see a coal train emerge from the natural tunnell in the side of the mountain. We plan to return soon!


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Natural Tunnel State Park, Rt. 3, Box 250 , Duffield, VA, 24244-9361, Phone: 276-940-2674
, pco@dcr@state.va.us

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area - This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.
Virginia State Parks - Virginia State Parks are special places where visitors find a tonic for mind, body and spirit. Thirty-four parks help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the Commonwealth.

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Campground Reservations - Reserve your campground online here with reserveamerica.com
Cumberland Gap Chamber of Commerce - Local Interests
Natural Tunnel State Park - Official agency Website

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