Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia, Natural Tunnel State Park has something for everyone. In addition to cabins and camping the park offers canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and of course the geological splendor of the Natural Tunnel itself. For more information on hours, fees, and park programming please visit the park’s website.
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Float in the path of early Native Americans and settlers as you travel seven miles down the Clinch River. Listen for cackling Kingfishers and the splash of turtles falling back into the water. View limestone shoals along your journey. Enjoy a short refreshing swim in the river at the halfway point or skip rocks. Traverse your way through a class II rapid. Once through try to surf the rapid. To register or for more information, call 276-940-2674. Pre-registration is required. This program is open to anyone age 13 and up. Cost is $15 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. No pets allowed.
The park also offers canoeing and snorkeling programs on the Clinch River. For more information or to make a reservation call the park office at 276-940-2674.
This hike into the Jefferson National Forest gives you a peek at the hidden natural features of this area. The Devils Fork Loop Trail is an impressively beautiful route through an old-growth hemlock and rhododendron forest. Amazing rock formations, waterfalls, swimming holes and mountain views give you plenty to see and do. The western side of the loop is the only portion on an old rail bed that was used to transport logs and coal. The corridor is not as wide as a standard-gauge railway, and the grade is much steeper, which provided the trains with better access to these resources. The hike is strenuous; crossing the creek 12 times going in and coming out. You will be getting wet. This is a 1.5 mile hike that will take roughly four hours. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration required. This program is open to anyone age 10 and up. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Cost is a donation of $5 per person. No pets allowed. Dress for the weather.