Another pretty day, another road trip. A friend, knowing that we had ventured out to visit The Wilderness Road State Park just across the TN border in VA, recommend that we go a few more miles down the road and visit Natural Tunnel State Park. She would often take her grandchildren there and camp. (See Interactive Map)
We are so glad we did! It was a delightful visit that would be appropriate for any age group. We started by touring the little museum and seeing the diorama of the natural tunnel. Then we paid $3 for a round trip ticket to the canyon below to enjoy the short boardwalk stroll to the entrance of the tunnel.
The natural tunnel is huge. It is actually owned by the railroad, which has active tracks going through it even now. The ceiling height is 105 feet at the lowest point and extends another 80 feet in places.
They have a number of ranger-led hikes, one of which I cannot wait to go back and do! It is called the Stock Creek Passage, and with a ranger, you hike through a cold trout-fed creek and actually enter the natural tunnel! They explain the geology of the tunnel. We do plan on going back to experience this.
Life is an Adventure!