November and December Events

Trades from the Trail Holiday Market

Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center.

Nov. 9, 2019. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get all of your holiday shopping done early. There will be a variety of vendors with 18th century themed items to purchase. All items for sale are handmade using skills or trades commonly practiced on the frontier or along the trail. The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center operates as a satellite park of Natural Tunnel State Park and is located at 371 Technology Trail Lane in Duffield, Virginia. For questions or additional information, call the interpretive center at 276-431-0104.

The Mercury Transit

Nov. 11, 2019. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Mercury Transit is a rare phenomenon that typically only occurs during the months of May and November. Join volunteer Ray O’Connor and have the opportunity to view Mercury, from a telescope, as it crosses the face of the sun. The next time the Mercury Transit will take place is 2032. Solar filters will be used for safe viewing.

Full Moon Hike

The Blockhouse Parking Lot.

Nov.12, 2019. 5-6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a guided hike to the Gazebo and be a part of a unique experience here at Natural Tunnel. You’ll have the opportunity to watch the moon rise over the mountains and hear stories about the thrilling night life. This 1.2 mile hike will take place along a semi-moderate trail. Sturdy hiking shoes and a flashlight are recommended. Dress for the weather.

Opt Outside at Natural Tunnel State Park

Visitor Center.


Nov. 29, 2019. 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Participate in a ranger-led program and get a free pass to our Christmas Tunnel Lighting event that runs every Friday and Saturday, November 29 through December 21.

11 a.m. – Hike with a Ranger Opt to be outside and join a ranger on a guided hike on their favorite trail. View unique natural and historic areas normally not seen while milling along the parks trails. Free

2 p.m. – A Gawk in the Woods Join a ranger on a scavenger hunt to find all of the colors, shapes and sizes that are found in nature. How many will you find? This is a great program for children and families. Free

Self-Guided Activities: Go on the Natural Tunnel Photo Scavenger Hunt or discover the common trees in the park on a self-guided 1 mile hike. Brochures for both activities can be picked up at the Visitor Center.

Christmas Lighting of the Tunnel

Chairlift at the Visitor Center.


Nov. 29, 6-10 p.m.

As you ride down on the chairlift and make your way to the tunnel, you will be surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights and see animated Christmas displays. Once at the tunnel, stand by the warm fire while sounds and smells of the holiday season fill the air. Hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, Christmas carols, and Santa are just a few things you can expect to enjoy.

The Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association will also be on hand with period dressed historians telling stories of Christmas from 1775 in the Carter Cabin, one of Scott County’s older buildings. (Friday’s and Saturday’s only)

The week of Dec. 16-21 will feature a different theme each evening

Dec. 16 – Pet Night

Dec. 17 – Decorate a Cookie Night

Dec. 18 – Christmas Karaoke

Dec. 19 – Children’s Crafts

Dec. 20 – Ugly Sweater Night

Dec. 21 – Santa with special guest: Ranger Parker Red Fox

Parking is $5 per vehicle. $4 per person for a round trip and $3 one way ticket on the lift.


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