The state acquired the tunnel and 100 surrounding acres in 1967 from the Natural Tunnel Chasm and Caverns Corp. to establish Natural Tunnel State Park. Another 850 acres were later acquired, and the park opened in 1971. A modern meeting facility, the Cove Ridge Center, lies within the park. It came about thanks to a unique collaboration between the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cove Ridge Foundation. Natural TunnelNatural Tunnel, called the Eighth Wonder of the World by William Jennings Bryan, has been attracting sightseers to the mountains of southwestern Virginia for more than 100 years. Today it is the focal point of Natural Tunnel State Park, a park which offers visitors not only spectacular sights but also swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, a visitor center, an amphitheater and interpretive programs. The creation of Natural Tunnel began more than a million years ago in the early glacial period when groundwater bearing carbonic acid percolated through crevices and slowly dissolved surrounding limestone and dolomite bedrock. Then, what is now Stock Creek was probably diverted underground to continue carving the tunnel slowly over many centuries. The walls of the tunnel show evidence of prehistoric life, and many fossils can be found in the creek bed and on tunnel walls.

hiking
9 days ago

Great place to take kids to play in the creek.

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

Great afternoon outing, well maintained park that is wonderful for families.

hiking
2 months ago

love natural tunnel. have hiked, walked and swam there for years. nice camping area. we ha e our annual work picnic at the park.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved the scenery and the lore.

Absolutely stunning scenery. Easy hike down. Be prepared for strenuous ascent.

Easy, short stroll to reconstructed log cabin. Good when combined with Natural Tunnel trail.

good for kids and not to bad

Great trail

walking
5 months ago

Beautiful walk and view.

Beautiful views

Beautiful views

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Great views.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Great little hike