Upcoming Natural Tunnel Events

“Earth Day: Pollinator Homesteads”

April 22, 2017 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

As we cover more and more of the earth’s surface with buildings, roads, airports, and crops, it becomes vitally important to provide living quarters for the insects that serve us. These insects work hard to help pollinate plants for us to enjoy. Spend time giving back to the earth and critters by creating nifty recycled homesteads. These structures will be made out of natural material, recycled pallets/wood, and old bricks laying around. Help park guides create such homes throughout the Birding and Wildlife Trail. These structures will be displayed for the public to see and learn about pollinator homes. Those that participate in this program will receive a certificate signed by the governor of Virginia. This is a free program. Dress for the weather and to get dirty. Call or email to sign-up Megan.krager@dcr.virginia.gov or (276) 940-1643. Lunch will be provided.

 

 

“Stewardship VA: The Wilderness Road Blockhouse”

April 22, 2017 registration 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s that time of year where we need your help for the 2017 season. The day will be spent working with the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association sprucing up the Blockhouse grounds. Work will entail: pulling weeds around flower beds, spreading mulch, raking around fence rows, cleaning the inside of the Blockhouse Visitor Center and more. Meet in the parking lot of the Wilderness Road Blockhouse. Program starts at 10 a.m. and will end around 3 p.m. Call or email to sign-up Megan.krager@dcr.virginia.gov or (276) 940-1643. Lunch will be provided. http://tinyurl.com/j5ov9hu

 “Run the Tunnel”

April 29, 2017 registration 7:45 a.m. race time 9 a.m.

Do you have what it takes to run this multi-terrain race? The race will take you through several sections of the park from the campground through wooded areas along asphalt and grassy areas. This is a 3.8 mile race that is hosted by the State of Franklin Track Club and the Scott County Chamber of Commerce. The race starts at 9 a.m.; packet pick-up and race day registration starts at 7:30 a.m. at NTSP Picnic Area shelter #4. For more information call Frank Kibler at (423) 292-9980 runfankrun@hotmail.com             http://tinyurl.com/zhcghx5

“Frontier Muster and Trade Faire”

April 29, 2017 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 30, 2017 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Frontier Muster and Trade Faire will celebrate the end of a long, harsh winter and the renewal of hope that comes with the arrival of spring on the Southwestern Virginia frontier in 1775. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about and observe the skills that were necessary for day-to-day survival in the last half of the 18th century on the frontier. The spinning and weaving of wool, and the processing of raw flax into linen will be demonstrated all day, along with open fire pit cooking, soap making, blacksmithing, tanning animal hides, and all day visits to the Wilderness Road Blockhouse. The Scott County Horse Association will provide a period horse race Saturday. Later Saturday afternoon there will be a Frontier Fundraiser Auction for the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association. On Sunday, join members of the Association for a Frontier Worship Service followed by a social. This program is provided by the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association. For a schedule of events log onto www.danielboonetrail.com. Parking for Saturday is $4 per vehicle. http://tinyurl.com/hsef7t7

 

“Fincastle Hayride”

April 29, 2017 5 p.m.

Take a step back in time as we travel along the historic Fincastle Turnpike. View Rye Cove’s breathtaking countryside with its rolling hills, grasslands, and abundance of wildlife. You will even see some cactus. Enjoy an evening listening to stories about some of the structures that remain standing from over 100 years ago. Some of these structures include The Masonic Lodge, Brick Church, and much more. Trip is 7 miles long. Pre-registration is required by calling (276) 940-2674. Wagon is pulled by a diesel truck. It may become breezy so a sweat shirt or jacket is recommended.  Cost: Adults $5 per person; Children 12 and younger $3 per person. All children, 17 and younger, must be accompanied by an adult. No pets allowed. http://tinyurl.com/h4cyq2n

“21st Annual Kids Fishing Day”

April 29, 2017 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fishing helps kids discover nature. Help kids (3-12 years) get hooked on the thrill of fishing. Throughout the day there will be several programs taking place. Programs consist of archery and bb gun competition. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Fishing starts at 12 p.m. and ends at 3 p.m. What the kids catch they can take home with them. Fishing equipment and bait are not supplied. This is a free program. Parking for this event will be in the picnic area and a shuttle bus will be provided. All state trout regulations apply. For more information call (276) 940-2674.

 

May

“Tub Hike”

May 06, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This hike into the Jefferson National Forest gives you a peek at the hidden natural features of Scott County. 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 was 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. Devil’s Fork Loop Trail is seven miles long, however the park will be hiking 1.5 miles 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. A snack or lunch is recommended you pack out your own trash. Cost is a donation of $5 per person. No pets allowed. Dress for the weather.

“6th Annual Plant Sale”

May 06, 2017 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kick your gardening season off right at the plant sale. Are you looking for plants to grow in our garden? Do you know what you want to grow in your garden? The Scott County Master Gardeners can help you out from gardening tips to how to select plants. Choose from a variety of vegetables, herbs, and flowers they will have on hand. Plants have been grown in a greenhouse all winter long by the MG’s themselves. Stop by the Visitor Center within Natural Tunnel State Park to purchase your plants today. You may find your Mother’s Day gift here.

“Tree Identification Workshop”

May 07, 2017 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Interested in learning about the various species of trees in our region and how to identify them? This is a short dendrology presentation and hike in the park.
You must register no later than the Wednesday prior to the workshop by calling the Cove Ridge Center at 276-940-2696 or email Gretchen.Cope@dcr.virginia.gov. A minimum of 10 participants is required.

This workshop is a series offered by the park, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Scott County Master Gardeners, and Education Council of the Cove Ridge Foundation and Advisory Board. The cost is $5 per person and will depart from the Cove Ridge Center.