July Activities at Natural Tunnel State Park

“Outdoor Skills”

July 7, 2017  10 a.m.  

Start your morning learning how to survive in the outdoors using ordinary objects found around your home or in your camper. Each Friday will focus on a different survival skill. This is a good free program for the whole family. This program will meet at the Chairlift. No pets allowed. http://tinyurl.com/hwuajva

 “Canoe Trip: Cherokee Run”

July 7, 2017 1 p.m.

Spend time floating five and a half miles down the Clinch River. View a variety of aquatic life from alligator gar to fresh water mussels. Watch Great Blue Herons fly by, and turtles sunning themselves on logs and rocks. At the halfway point, cool off in the river with a swim. If you are lucky, you may see old abandoned railcars. No experience is needed. Paddling is required and guests may get wet. This section of water is designated less than a class I rapid. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration is required. This program is open to anyone age 6 and up and will depart from the Visitor Center. Cost is $15 per person or for groups of 10 or more $12 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest.  No pets allowed.  http://tinyurl.com/n4gqo3m

“Tub Hike”

July 8, 2017 8:30 a.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.

“Boones Run Kayak Trip”

July 8, 2017 9 a.m.

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 and will depart from the Visitor Center. Cost is $15 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest. No pets allowed.  http://tinyurl.com/hxv33na

“Wild Cave Tour: Natural Tunnel Cavern”

July 8, 2017 2 p.m.

Have you ever wondered what lies under your feet? Experience unique rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites and walk the rim of a waterfall. We will visit, but not disturb, the homes of cave critters such as salamanders, crickets, and snails. Come on, we are about to discover the world underneath our feet. All the equipment you will need will be provided. There will be a cost of $10 per person or $7 per person for groups of eight or more. This program will depart from the Stock Creek Interpretive Center. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration is required. This program is open to anyone age 8 and up. For your comfort and safety appropriate pants and close toe shoes required. Guests must use park gear. No pets allowed.
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“Fincastle Hayride”

July 8, 2017 6:30 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 length: 1 hour and 30 minutes or 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. No pets allowed. http://tinyurl.com/h4cyq2n

“Canoe Trip: Cherokee Run”

July 9, 2017 3 p.m.

Spend time floating five and a half miles down the Clinch River. View a variety of aquatic life from alligator gar to fresh water mussels. Watch Great Blue Herons fly by, and turtles sunning themselves on logs and rocks. At the halfway point, cool off in the river with a swim. If you are lucky, you may see old abandoned railcars. No experience is needed. Paddling is required and guests may get wet. This section of water is designated less than a class I rapid. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration is required. This program is open to anyone age 6 and up and will depart from the Visitor Center. Cost is $15 per person or for groups of 10 or more $12 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest.  No pets allowed.  http://tinyurl.com/n4gqo3m

 

“Full Moon Hike”

July 9, 2017 8:30 p.m.

Have you ever hiked by the light of the moon or sit quietly to listen to sounds around dusk time during the night? Be a part of a unique Natural Tunnel experience. Hike to the Gazebo to see the moon rise. Park guides will talk about the thrilling night life and share stories about the moon. The hike will take place along a semi-moderate trail with a dirt/grass base. Groups will be hiking round trip 1.2 miles. Sturdy hiking shoes required along with headlamps or flashlights for the return back. Dress for the weather; maybe a little breezy at the Gazebo. This is a free program departing from the Blockhouse parking lot.

“Canorkel”

July 12, 201 10 a.m.   

This is not your typical canoe trip. It is a canoe trip with a twist. Guests will have the opportunity to explore the rich history of the Clinch River. Learn of a time when Native Americans and Longhunters lived along its banks through current day significance of the river. At a few points along the river, guests will have the opportunity to snorkel. Look for freshwater mussels, darters, and other aquatic river life. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $15 per person or for a group of 10 or more $12 per person. This program is open to anyone age 6 and up. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, and sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest. No pets allowed. http://tinyurl.com/zalq2ua

“Stock Creek Passage”

July 12, 2017  10 a.m.

Over 200 years ago, early adventurers like Daniel Boone walked these same hills and valleys we see today. Walking in their footsteps makes their journey come alive as you hike into the tunnel. View the tunnel from the inside out. This strenuous walk will include crossing boulders and rocks, just like the early adventurers. You will feel the refreshing cool water of Stock Creek on your feet and the cool summer breeze inside the tunnel on your face. Once inside the tunnel you will hear stories about how the tunnel was formed and see a fault line. Wading attire, a flashlight and a wading staff are highly recommended. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $5 per person. 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. No pets allowed.   http://tinyurl.com/kw6mj7c

“Aquatic Life Investigation”

July 13, 2017  2 p.m.  

Ever wonder what is floating around in a river or stream? See for yourself as you stomp around in the creek or river. Find out what lives in Stock Creek and the Clinch Rivers. Guests might find crayfish, fresh water mussels and other aquatic life. Learn about why this critters are important to life along the creek or river. This is a free program and guests may get wet.

“Hike This Way”

July 13, 2017  2 p.m.  

Spend time hiking portions of Natural Tunnel’s trails. View unique and historic areas normally not seen while milling along the parks trails. Follow park staff as they lead you on a hike pointing out things sometimes missed while hiking on your own. Each hike will focus on a different trail. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for a fun time. This is a program for all ages. For your comfort and safety no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals during the hike. Water is required.  Programs will depart from the Visitor Center.

“Outdoor Skills”

July 14, 2017  10 a.m.

Start your morning learning how to survive in the outdoors using ordinary objects found around your home or in your camper. Each Friday will focus on a different survival skill. This is a good free program for the whole family. This program will meet at the Chairlift. No pets allowed. http://tinyurl.com/hwuajva

“Boones Run Kayak Trip”

July 14, 2017  1 p.m.

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 and will depart from the Visitor Center. Cost is $15 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest. No pets allowed.  http://tinyurl.com/hxv33na

“Railroad Day”

July 15, 2017 10 a.m.

For years, the railroad has played a vital role in the economics and history of Southwestern Virginia. The park and Norfolk Southern Railroad are partnering together to provide a program that will touch upon railroad history and promote railroad safety. For this event only, guests will be able to walk into the naturally made tunnel via the railroad tracks. Norfolk Southern will have an engine on display at the south portal of the tunnel. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will be at the Carter Cabin to talk about the history of the cabin and tell stories about the area over 200 years ago. Parking is $4 per vehicle and admission is free. The chairlift is $4 per person for a round trip ticket. For a one-way ticket the cost is $3 per person; children three or younger ride free. Parking for this event will take place in the picnic area. For more information call (276) 940-2674. http://tinyurl.com/zb4gw5y

“Boones Run Kayak Trip”

July 16, 2017  9 a.m.

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 and will depart from the Visitor Center. Cost is $15 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest. No pets allowed.  http://tinyurl.com/hxv33na

“Canoe Trip: Cherokee Run”

July 16, 2017 2:30 p.m.

Spend time floating five and a half miles down the Clinch River. View a variety of aquatic life from alligator gar to fresh water mussels. Watch Great Blue Herons fly by, and turtles sunning themselves on logs and rocks. At the halfway point, cool off in the river with a swim. If you are lucky, you may see old abandoned railcars. No experience is needed. Paddling is required and guests may get wet. This section of water is designated less than a class I rapid. To register or for more information, call (276) 940-2674. Pre-registration is required. This program is open to anyone age 6 and up and will depart from the Visitor Center. Cost is $15 per person or for groups of 10 or more $12 per person. For your comfort and safety appropriate footwear is required, no flip-flops, crocs, or sandals. Drinking water is required by the guest.  No pets allowed.  http://tinyurl.com/n4gqo3m

“Adventure Trek”

July 25-27, 2017 9 a.m.

The Cove Ridge Center Foundation and Advisory Board, Natural Tunnel State Park, and Wilderness Discoveries are working together to provide tweens-teens a three day and two night outdoor experience. During the first day, students will learn outdoor skills. Day two and three will be spent hiking along the Chief Benge Trail in the Jefferson National Forest and camping at Bark Camp Lake. The registration deadline is July 14. All equipment is supplied. In order to register call the Cove Ridge Center or email Gretchen.Cope@dcr.virginia.gov. Upon registration, a packing list will be sent. Cost is $90 per student.