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Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park

Staff Report • Jun 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park, Duffield, Virginia

June 2013

“Stock Creek Passage” Wednesday, June 12, 2013 departing from the

Visitor Center parking lot at 10 a.m. See Natural Tunnel from the

inside! Participants will enter the Natural Tunnel by hiking from the Stock

Creek Interpretive Center to the North Portal of Natural Tunnel, then wading

Stock Creek to the center of the Tunnel, following the path of early visitors

who traversed the Tunnel prior to construction of the railroad. This walk can

be strenuous. Wading attire, a flashlight and a wading staff are highly

recommended. NO sandals, flip-flops, or crocs. Cost: $5 per person. Trip length:

2-4 hours. Minimum age: 8 years. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock

Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Snorkel the Clinch” Wednesday, June 12, 2013 departing the Visitor

Center at 2 p.m. Spend a warm summer morning feeling the coolness of the

Clinch River water pass by while crawling around the river floor looking for

freshwater mussels, crayfish, and other river life. Groups will experience

firsthand a small full grown fish called Darters. View how fast river snails

can move under the water. No children under 7 years of age. No pets. Tennis

shoes or water shoes required. No sandals, flip-flops, crocs, or backless

shoes. Trip length: 1 hour to 1 hour and

30 minutes. Transportation to and from river is provided. Trip is limited to 15

participants. Cost is $5.00 per person. Pre-registration required by calling

(276) 940-1643 or for more information. Program starts in June and ends in

September with weather depending.

“Wild Cave Tour: Bolling” Thursday, June 13, 2013 departing from

the Visitor Center parking lot at 2 p. m. Experience the underground world of

caves on a guided tour. View firsthand

the unique formations and historical remains found in the parks cave. This tour

will allow guests to see evidence of earlier cave explorers and

inhabitants. This tour involves more

effort and ability due to the crawls and small passages found within the cave.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at

(276) 940-1643. Cost is $15 per person or $12 per person for a group of 10 or

more.

“CSI: Critter Scene Investigation” Thursday, June 13, 2013 starting

at 2 p.m. departing location to be determined. Take a walk on the wild side

viewing animals that live within Natural Tunnel State Park. Each Thursday a

different critter is selected to talk about and to go see. This is a free

program. Get outdoors and get plugged into nature. No flip-flops, sandals, or

crocs please.

“Kayak the Clinch: Boones Run”

Friday, June 14, 2013 departing at 9 a.m. from the Visitor Center parking lot. Experience the countryside of Scott County

from a view of a kayak. This 6 mile float will take guests along the slower

moving stretch of the river. Several water fowl and aquatic life can be seen

along this trip. Guides will point out some great fishing holes. Half way

through the trip the group will stop for a short period of time to stretch and

eat a quick snack. Towards the end of the trip, during low water levels, there

is a class 2 rapid. Minimum age 13 years. Program takes place every other

Friday at 9 a.m and every other Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Trip length approximately 4

hours. Cost: $15 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling the

Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276)

940-1643.

“Outdoor Skills 101”

Friday, June 14, 2013 starting at 2 p.m. departing location to be determined. Each week the park will feature a new outdoor survival

skill focusing on the basics of outdoor survival. This program is for all ages

and families. Free program. Park flyers will provide a list of skills the

program will focus on.

“Canoe the Clinch:

Shawnee Run” Saturday, June 15, 2013 starting at 9 a.m. departing from the Visitor

Center parking lot. Beginning at historic Fort Blackmore, this 7-mile float takes guests past

Pendleton Island, Slant, and Starnes Bend before take-out at Hill Station.

Rapid water at the start and finish frame a series of still pools that provide

opportunity to observe wildlife and to practice paddling skills. A stop

approximately ½ way through the trip gives participants a chance to stretch

legs and have a snack. Trip length: approximately 3-4 hours. Cost: $15 per

person; $12 per person for groups of 10 or more. No flip-flops, sandals, or

crocs. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter

Center at (276)

940-1643.

“Stock Creek Passage” Saturday, June 15, 2013 departing from the

Visitor Center parking lot at 2 p.m. See Natural Tunnel from the inside!

Participants will enter the Natural Tunnel by hiking from the Stock Creek

Interpretive Center to the North Portal of Natural Tunnel, then wading Stock

Creek to the center of the Tunnel, following the path of early visitors who

traversed the Tunnel prior to construction of the railroad. This walk can be

strenuous. Wading attire, a flashlight and a wading staff are highly

recommended. NO sandals, flip-flops, or crocs. Cost: $5 per person. Trip

length: 2-4 hours. Minimum age: 8 years. Pre-registration is required by

calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Fincastle Hayride”

Saturday, June 15, 2013 departing from the Blockhouse parking lot at 6:30 p.m. Take

a step back in time as we travel along the historic Fincastle Turnpike Road.

Here you will see the wonderful splendor of some of Rye Cove’s countryside with

its rolling hills, grasslands, abundance of wildlife, and even some cactus.

Enjoy an evening listening about some of the structures that remain standing

from 100’s of 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. Dress for the weather. Bring a sweater because it may become

breezy. Feel free to bring a camera to capture some of the beautiful sunsets

across the mountains. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek

Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Kayak the Clinch: Boones Run”

Sunday, June 16, 2013 departing at 9:30 a.m. from the Visitor Center parking

lot. Experience the countryside of

Scott County, with your father, from a view of a kayak. This 6 mile float will

take guests along the slower moving stretch of the river. Several water fowl

and aquatic life can be seen along this trip. Guides will point out some great

fishing holes. Half way through the trip the group will stop for a short period

of time to stretch and eat a quick snack. Towards the end of the trip, during

low water levels, there is a class 2 rapid. Minimum age 13 years. Program takes

place every other Friday at 9 a.m and every other Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Trip

length approximately 4 hours. Cost: $15 per person. Pre-registration is

required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Canoe the

Clinch: Cherokee Run” Sunday, June

16, 2013 departing from the Visitor Center parking lot at 2:30 p.m.Our traditional run, 5.5 miles in length, begins at Hill Station and

passes through a succession of riffles before entering a series of

slower-moving pools. Herons, ducks, and kingfishers are just some of the birds

usually encountered, along with occasional sightings of deer, muskrat, otters

and other river inhabitants. Enjoy a snack, or take a refreshing dip in the

river at our ½ way point. Although geared to the novice, more experienced

canoeists without the time for one of the longer trips will find this run an

excellent way to experience the Clinch River. No children younger than five.

Cost is $15 per person or for a group of 10 or more it is $12 per person.

Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at

(276) 940-1643.

“Stock Creek Passage” Wednesday, June 19, 2013 departing from the

Visitor Center parking lot at 10 a.m. See Natural Tunnel from the

inside! Participants will enter the Natural Tunnel by hiking from the Stock

Creek Interpretive Center to the North Portal of Natural Tunnel, then wading

Stock Creek to the center of the Tunnel, following the path of early visitors

who traversed the Tunnel prior to construction of the railroad. This walk can

be strenuous. Wading attire, a flashlight and a wading staff are highly

recommended. NO sandals, flip-flops, or crocs. Cost: $5 per person. Trip

length: 2-4 hours. Minimum age: 8 years. Pre-registration is required by

calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Snorkel the Clinch” Wednesday, June 19, 2013 departing the Visitor

Center at 2 p.m. Spend a warm summer morning feeling the coolness of the

Clinch River water pass by while crawling around the river floor looking for

freshwater mussels, crayfish, and other river life. Groups will experience

firsthand a small full grown fish called Darters. View how fast river snails

can move under the water. No children under 7 years of age. No pets. Tennis

shoes or water shoes required. No sandals, flip-flops, crocs, or backless

shoes. Trip length: 1 hour to 1 hour and

30 minutes. Transportation to and from river is provided. Trip is limited to 15

participants. Cost is $5.00 per person. Pre-registration required by calling

(276) 940-1643 or for more information. Program starts in June and ends in

September with weather depending.

All hiking trails are open from 8 a.m. -

dusk.

Cabins, campgrounds, pool, and shelters

are open.

To make reservations for the campgrounds,

cabins, or picnic shelters for the

2013 year call 1-800-933-PARK or visit

www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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