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Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park

July 15th, 2013 11:42 am by Staff Report

Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park




Happenings at Natural Tunnel

Natural Tunnel State Park

1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway 

Duffield, VA 24244 

July 2013


“Stock Creek Passage” Wednesday, July 17, 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.


“Canoe
the Clinch: Shawnee Run”
Thursday, July 18, 2013 departing
from the Visitor Center parking lot at 9 a.m. 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.


“Wild Cave Tour: Natural Tunnel Cave” Thursday, July 18, 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 $10 per person or $7 per person
for a group of 8 or more.



“CSI: Critter Scene Investigation” Thursday, July 18, 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: Longhunters Run”
Friday, July 19, 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 9 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. Trip length approximately 5 hours.
Cost: $25 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock
Creek Interpreter Center at (276)
940-1643.



“Outdoor Skills 101”
Friday, July 19, 2013 starting at 2 p.m. 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: Cherokee Run”
Saturday,
July 20, 2013 departing from the Visitor Center parking lot at 9 a.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.


“Wild Cave Tour: Natural Tunnel Cave” Saturday, July 20, 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 $10 per person or $7 per person
for a group of 8 or more.



“Fincastle Hayride”
Saturday, July 20, 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: Longhunters Run”
Sunday, July 21, 2013 departing at 9:30 a.m. from the Visitor Center parking
lot. Experience the countryside of
Scott County from a view of a kayak. This 9 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. Trip length approximately 5
hours. Cost: $25 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling the
Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276)
940-1643.



“Canoe the
Clinch: Cherokee Run”
Sunday, July
21, 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, July 24, 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.


“Travel Through Time:
Along the Wilderness Trail”
July 24-25, 8 a.m – 4:30 p.m departing from
Natural Tunnel State Park from shelter 4. Join members of the Daniel Boone
Wilderness Trail Association and park staff as they take you on a two day tour
focusing on the Wilderness Trail. The workshop will focus on history and
geology of the area. Day one the group will tour Netherland Inn, stop by the
original site of the Anderson Blockhouse, tour the Blockhouse at Natural Tunnel
and have lunch. Day two will be a tour of Wilderness Road State Park, and
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. For teachers taking this workshop you
will receive re-certification credit. Cost is $30 per person and that will
cover lunch and supplies. Pre-registration is required by calling (276)
940-1643 or e-mail Megan France at megan.france@dcr.virginia.gov.
This program is sponsored by the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trial Association and
Stafford Custom Graphics.


“CSI: Critter Scene Investigation” Thursday, July 25, 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. 







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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