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Natural Tunnel State Park

1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway

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.


Jennifer Butler

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Stopped by on our way to Knoxville. Parking is four dollars a day. Gorgeous well maintained park. We stopped at the Block House, and although it is a replica, the interpreter was informative and friendly. We headed to the tunnel and hiked down and back up instead of using the lift. It's rated as a difficult hike, but to me it was just a moderate hike. The lift up and down the mountain are available for a nominal fee. Hiking back up, my Fitbit registered 24 floors total. There are benches along the path and hand rails. Overall a good experience, and I would definitely return perhaps to camp.

Eugene Griffith

Friday, April 13, 2018
Beautiful park to visit! Only a $5 entry fee. Short walk down to the railway tunnel, but wear good shoes due to the loose rocks and stairs. The climb back up is steep, but you can make it. There is a seasonal chair lift, but you will need to check their website for dates and times. Bring your camera, as the scenery is beautiful! I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Shawn Kitchen

Sunday, May 27, 2018
I loved this park! Found it by accident while riding back to South Carolina. It's a bit of a walk to get down there (and a real breath-taker coming back up), but the view down in the valley is gorgeous. Mercifully, there weren't a lot of people visiting when I was there, so I got to experience the beauty of the tunnel area almost to myself.

Kitty's List

Sunday, June 17, 2018
My family and I enjoyed our experience. It is very family-centered and provides something for every age group. No one is left out and there is a lot of space.

Pop Dye

Saturday, March 31, 2018
We went to Easter egg hunt. It was very fun all the people where courteous and not greedy. The staff was nice polite and informative. The event was well planned and executed. Thanx to the event coordinator and all the staff and volunteers who helped out. We will be back next year keep up the great work.

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