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A Day in…Natural Tunnel State Park, Va. 

Nestled in southwest Virginia, Natural Tunnel State Park boasts one of the world’s true geological wonders: the 10-story hole carved through a limestone ridge by the powers of nature. From the tunnel to its caves to its river, this park has much to offer the outdoor adventure seeker.

Chairlift at Natural Tunnel State Park


Take to one of seven trails and explore the park on your own, or crawl into Pannell or Bowling Cave with a guide. Meet the creatures who call a cave home and learn how its stalactites and stalagmites were formed. Depending on the season, you can also take a guided wildflower walk or birdwatching hike. Find a spot with a spectacular view and enjoy a picnic lunch.


Start your afternoon with a chairlift ride to the bottom of the gorge – or hike down and ride the lift back up. Then make your way to the Clinch River for a guided kayak tour. It’s home to a remarkable diversity of mussel species. When you’re done, check out the museum at the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center in nearby Duffield to discover more of the area’s rich history.


Head over to the Carter Family Fold, birthplace of the famous musical Carter family, in nearby Hiltons for country and bluegrass music on a Saturday night. It’s part of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Then it’s time to head back to the park for your overnight accommodations. Depending on your preference, pitch a tent, hook up your RV, or book a cabin, yurt or lodge. 

Natural Tunnel is just one of 41 Virginia State Parks. Discover even more day- to week-long adventures across the commonwealth. 

Unusual Fact 

Daniel Boone was probably among the first men of European descent to see the natural tunnel.

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