Duffield, Virginia: Natural Tunnel State ParkA formidable natural hole in an otherwise relaxing forested park.
Natural Tunnel State Park
- 1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, VA
- Natural Tunnel State Park. 20 miles north of Kingsport. From I-81, take U.S. 23 north to Gate City. The turn-off to the park is at mile marker 17.4. Take Natural Tunnel Parkway/State Rt. 871 about one mile east to entrance.
- Seasonal hours. (Call to verify)
- Parking fee.
Visitor Tips and News About Natural Tunnel State Park
The railroad is still operational. I was fortunate to see a train pass through the natural tunnel at my visit.[Chris Collins, 09/25/2013]
Natural Tunnel, was called the Eighth Wonder of the World by William Jennings Bryan, and today is the focal point of Natural Tunnel State Park. The million year old tunnel was created as groundwater ate through limestone and dolomite via crevices, and later as a creek diverted underground and carved the large passage.[Nathan E. Jessee, 11/23/2009]
You can't walk through the tunnel -- trains run through it -- but the Park has an overlook where you can admire this formidable water-eaten hole. Sept. 2013: Photo added.