Duffield, Virginia: Natural Tunnel State Park

A formidable natural hole, with a roof ten stories high, 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.
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Round-trip chairlift to the tunnel: $3
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Natural Tunnel State Park

I used to live about 45 minutes away from Natural Tunnel. If you are looking for places to stop for the night, the campground is very nice, has some of the cleanest bathrooms/showers I've ever seen at state campgrounds, accommodates both tent and RV campers, and includes passes to the on-site swimming pool (with decent slides for the young and young at heart). There are also hiking trails.

For those less inclined to hike down the steep but relatively short trail to the natural tunnel, there's a lift. You can pay a little for one round trip or about twice that for an all-day pass(It's fun enough to pass as an amusement park ride for many kids).

[Mike Bodary, 06/23/2017]

Railroad tunnel.

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.

Natural Tunnel State Park

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.

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