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Natural Tunnel State Park

If you want all the outdoor fun of a state park along, with some wonderful modern amenities, then Natural Tunnel State Park is a perfect choice. Natural Tunnel State Park, located in Scott County about 13 miles from Gate City, boasts nearly 1,000 acres of trails, camping sites and beautiful cabins.

Of course, another reason to visit this park is to see the feature that gave Natural Tunnel State Park its name: the Natural Tunnel. The picturesque geological formation has been taking shape for more than 1 million years. Today, the tunnel is 850 feet long and 100 feet high, and it is a truly breathtaking sight.

The large park offers a variety of outdoor activities, including fishing, swimming, camping, hiking and cycling. It is also equipped with a few extra attractions that other parks do not have, such as train rides, chair lifts, a pool with a tube slide and an amphitheater. The chair lift gives visitors to the park a chance to enjoy a birds-eye-view of the gorgeous scenery.

Should you visit during the winter months, sledding and snowshoe hikes are some of the activities that you can enjoy. Just seeing the park covered in a blanket of snow is reason enough to visit.

Visitors who want to stay overnight will find an array of accommodations. RV parking is available, as are tent sites and a variety of cabins. Whether you want a rustic camping experience or a cabin with all of the comforts of home you will find it at Natural Tunnel State Park.

Spend one day hiking on the miles of trails and the next lounging by the pool or shopping in the well-equipped camp store. If you have some reluctant campers in your family, this park with its many amenities is a good compromise.

Camping here is certainly not “roughing it” and even those who typically enjoy a resort vacation will be impressed with the offerings.

Guided cave tours, educational programs and train rides through the Natural Tunnel are a few of the other activities you’ll find at this Virginia State Park.

Natural Tunnel State Park Basics
Parking: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends
Handicap accessible: Some of the trails and other parts of the park are handicap accessible.
Public bathrooms: Yes
Cabin Pricing: Varies by cabin and season
Located in Scott County, 13 miles from Gate City
Activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, biking, train rides, music festivals, cave tours, chair lift rides
Call 276-940-2674 for more information


Location: Scott County
Address: 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, VA, 24244
Telephone: 276-940-2674
Web site: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov
Cost: $2 weekdays, $3 weekends
Latitude: 36.696984
Longitude: -82.738577

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