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Natural Tunnel State Park, VA

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Natural Tunnel SP is located in southwest Virginia on Rt 23 near Duffield. The major attraction is a large naturally-made tunnel, which is now used by the Norfolk-Southern Railroad.

Tel: 276 940-2674

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Arriving on the Monday after Easter, we had our choice of any site in the campground, except for the CG Host. Here we are on lucky #13.

Date of visit: Apr 2007

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It's a small campground with only 22 sites. Very pleasant, in a grassy field with small shade tree at most sites. All have E(30A)/W hookups. A dumpstation is available.

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Across from site #18 are the horseshoe pits, complete with horseshoes.

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We didn't get to check out the bathhouse. Due to some construction activities (more camp sites and some cabins), the bathhouse was closed during our visit.

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The big feature of the park is the Natural Tunnel, over a million years old. The Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks run through the 850' long, 10-story tall tunnel. There are short hiking trails to various vantage points and a trail down to the tunnel entrance. There is also a chairlift one can ride down to track level.

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And if you get lucky, you'll get to see a train emerging from the tunnel. This coal train had 2 locomotives up front and 3 more pushing on the rear.

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The above picture of the train was taken from the lookout shown here.

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Trails are fairly short, but are quite steep and feature lots of swithbacks. I was able to hike from the campground down to the tunnel entrance and back.

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As the railroad emerges from the Natural Tunnel, it crosses a small river and then goes through a short tunnel.

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Down on the valley floor a short distance from the Tunnel is the Carter Cabin. Built in 1784, it is the oldest building in Scott County.

Amenities

22 camp sites: All have E(30A)/W

Dump station available

Rates: $21.00

Verizon Wireless National Access Service

 Coordinates: 36.704560 N, 82.738230 W

Elevation: 1847'

Activities/Attractions

Natural Tunnel

Hiking/Mt Biking Trails

Outdoor Amphitheater

Swimming Pool

Picnic Shelters

Conference Center & Lodge