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Natural Tunnel May Events

Saturday, May 19 – National Kids to Park Day

 9 a.m. – Stock Creek Passage. View the tunnel from the inside out. This strenuous walk will include crossing creeks, boulders and rocks, just like the early adventurers. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. This program is open to anyone age 8 and up. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. $5/person. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center.

11 a.m. – Kids in the Creek. What’s under that rock? We’ll search the creek for underwater creatures and explain their roles in the environment. Wear closed-toed shoes and expect to get wet. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center. Free

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Exploration Station. Stop by the Visitor Center and discover some of the wildlife that calls Natural Tunnel home. While you’re there, make a craft inspired by Mother Nature. Free

2:00 p.m. – Nature Scavenger Hunt. Join the interpreter on a scavenger hunt to find all of the colors, shapes, and sizes that are found in nature. How many will you find? Meet at the Visitor Center. Free

Memorial Day Schedule

Friday, May 25

9:00 a.m. – Early Bird Gets the Worm. Start off the morning by hiking our Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail. This guided hike will lead you into various habitats and we may even see some wildlife along the way. Discover why this unique trail is such a vital part of the ecosystem. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes, feel free to bring your camera or binoculars. This is a 0.7 hike, lasting about an hour. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. Free

11 a.m. – Outdoor Skills. Start your morning learning how to survive in the outdoors using ordinary objects found around your home or in your camper. Meet at the Chairlift Area. FREE

1:00 p.m. – Tunnel Talk. Venture down to see the Natural Tunnel. As you enjoy the awe-inspiring views, stop by and chat with an interpreter. Discover why this geologic phenomena is so unique and how it influenced industrialization in Southwest Virginia. Meet at the Visitor Center. FREE

4 p.m. – Camper’s Craft. Take home a unique, one of a kind souvenir to tell your one of a kind story about your park experience. Meet at the Camp Store. Free

8:00 p.m. – Welcome Campfire. Spend time sharing stories by the glow of the fire. Enjoy fun games, singing songs, and roasting a marshmallow as you hear the crackling of the fire. Meet at the Campground Fire Ring. FREE

 Saturday, May 26

8:30 a.m. – Cherokee Canoe Trip. Spend time floating 5.5 miles down the Clinch River. This section of water is designated less than a class I rapid. Pre-registration is required. For more information on age requirements and prices, contact the park office at 276-940-2674. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center.

11 a.m. – Critter Crawl. What’s under that rock? We’ll search the creek for underwater creatures and explain their roles in the environment. Wear closed-toed shoes and expect to get wet. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center. FREE

2 p.m. – Wild Cave Tour: Bolling Cave. Explore the underground world of caves in their true form. Crawl through crevasses and waddle through tunnels. Pre-registration is required. For more information on age requirements and prices, contact the park office at 276-940-2674. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center.

2-4 p.m. Wilderness Road Blockhouse. The Blockhouse was built in the spring of 1775 on the North Fork of the Holston River by John Anderson. Tour a replica of the Anderson Blockhouse as members of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association provide information about the history of the building and area.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Lighting of the Tunnel. Take a lantern lit chairlift ride down to the naturally made tunnel at night. See flyer for details.

Sunday, May 27

8:30 a.m. – Boones Kayak Trip. Float in the path of early Native Americans and settlers as you travel down the Clinch River. Pre-registration is required. For more information on age requirements and prices, contact the park office at 276-940-2674. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center.

2 p.m. – Poolside Science. Stop by the Interpreter’s table at the Pool to discover something cool about Natural Tunnel State Park. FREE

2-4 p.m. Wilderness Road Blockhouse. The Blockhouse was built in the spring of 1775 on the North Fork of the Holston River by John Anderson. Tour a replica of the Anderson Blockhouse as members of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association provide information about the history of the building and area.

2-4 p.m. – Pickin’ in the Park: Mountains of Music. Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music in the park. Meet at the Amphitheater.

 

Monday, May 28

10 a.m. – Stock Creek Passage. View the tunnel from the inside out. This strenuous walk will include crossing boulders and rocks, just like the early adventurers. Pre-registration is required. For more information on age requirements and prices, contact the park office at 276-940-2674. Meet at the Stock Creek Interpretive Center.

11 a.m. – Camper’s Craft. Take home a unique, one of a kind souvenir to tell your one of a kind story about your park experience. Meet at the Camp Store. Free

2 p.m. – Poolside Science. Stop by the Interpreter’s table at the Pool to discover something cool about Natural Tunnel State Park. FREE