Natural Tunnel State Park
More than 850 feet long and as tall as a 10-story building, Natural Tunnel was naturally carved through a limestone ridge over thousands of years. William Jennings Bryan called it the "Eighth Wonder of the World." Other scenic features include a wide chasm between steep stone walls surrounded by several pinnacles, or "chimneys." Facilities include two campgrounds, cabins, picnic areas, an amphitheater, a visitor center, a camp store and a gift shop. You'll also find the Wilderness Road historic area, a swimming pool with a 100-foot slide and a chairlift to the tunnel floor. Guests enjoy cave tours and canoe trips on the Clinch River, as well as the Cove Ridge Center, which offers environmental education, conference facilities and overnight dorm accommodations. A camp store and kayak programs are new this year.
The cabins are amazing. The actual park is small especially when the pool is closed and they aren't doing events. I would have loved to see the caves but they are only open a few times a year. One great thing is that the park is very dark. We were able to see lots of stars and even the center of the galaxy. Overall it's a beautiful location for paid back walks and enjoying the quiet.
Awesome park! We stayed two nights at Lovers Leap. Nice spots. Mostly level with 2A gravel. Nice bath house. Water saving tiny shower heads. Well marked trails. We hiked from the campground down to the tunnel and got rewarded with a train! With our antenna we received over 10 channels when aimed south.
By far, the best state park that I have camped in. The campground has two loops and the Lover's Leap Loop is newer and the sites are more spacious. The bath house was immaculate and clean. Our camping fee included use of the pool and free parking at the amphitheater (we enjoyed the shows on Sunday night). The camp staff was great- very helpful and knowledgeable. The chair lift to go down to the bottom of the gorge was well worth the nominal fee. ($4 per person with children 3 and under free; $1 off per person for groups 8 and more). Trails are all well-marked.
Nice people, clean, we came on a weekday and had first pick of which site we wanted to camp at . The camp host went out of her way to get us directions to a hiking trail we wanted to visit. Probably one of the best camping experiences I've had... after our main hike we decided to hike the park trails and was not disappointed had some amazing views definitely would recommend
Abby TOO SHABBY
This is a place for the whole family to enjoy. They have a section for everyone to enjoy; even if you don't want to swim. It is baby friendly, toddlers, kids, teens and adults of ANY AGE!! Highly recommended! ! Also, it is very safe! Smoker friendly too, outside of pool area.