Explore the most popular trails in Natural Tunnel State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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
18 days ago

Quite simple mostly-asphalt walk to the overlooks of the tunnel from the far side of the rim.

hiking
27 days ago

Definitely dont rate this trail as hard. Moderate at the most. Take a park map with you as the app is a bit squirrely and there are a couple of trail offshoots not marked but its not difficult to keep your way. The trail itself is well maintained and the overlook is kept clear for a straight view down into the tunnel. The parking lot was full of cars yet I never passed another human on this trail.

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rocky
28 days ago

We loved this trial. We got off path and went to the river by the tunnel. We absolutely enjoyed ourselves

hiking
28 days ago

It’s a very easy trial.

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off trail
scramble
1 month ago

Do NOT follow the app map, especially when you get close to the loop. You will end up completely off trail in a dangerous area, to the extent that there were times I was truly scared. Granted, I should’ve turned around quickly, but I thought for sure I would right myself soon. I mean it, the loop is completely wrong so stay on the trail no matter what. Update: after I wrote this it appears the app folks updated the map and it looks like it is much more accurate and less difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

Short strenuous trail with a nice vista where you see the natural tunnel and the gorge wall. Lots of steps.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail does not match the map and the signs on the trail are either confusing or nonexistent. The views are nice and it is a wonderful work out. Loved the view of the tunnel from the ridge. There are some steep parts and switch backs not shone on the maps.

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rocky
washed out
1 month ago

The trail condition is ok, lots of loose steps. Beautiful when you find your way to the vistas. This is a beautiful place and the natural beauty is unsurpassed. This lover leap trail is short but it is steep and I would not consider it an easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

I love going to natural tunnel. I have hiked every trail I could find there. I love the lifts as well. Beautiful scenery and photo opportunities

hiking
2 months ago

2 trails here to see leap and natural tunnel. Both are pretty easy. I had 3 little ones with me and was no issue. Trail to tunnel is down hill going uphill coming back. Back up I broke a little sweat. Both worth seeing. Can do both in hour and half or faster if wanted to. There is a chair lift there going down if go while open. I will go back.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and well maintained trail. This trail was captivating, as I stared into the tunnel I was eagerly hoping a train would come storming through it. The trail really can bring some of your childhood back. Awesome

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained trail with an amazing view of the rock wall leading down to the tunnel. Other than too much paved trail it is a pure gem. Family friendly, with several other beautiful trails. Awesome park.

hiking
3 months ago

Short easy trail that has a historic beauty. All of the trails in this park are maintained at the highest level. The entire park is a treat and the cabin is one of the highlights.

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike. Nowhere near as strenuous as some of the other trails here. Would definitely go back!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail, even though the hike out was no joke. I think my fitbit said I totaled about 30 flights of stairs from the trail! I would definitely go back and do it again though!

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely loved this trail. I remembered going as a field trip when I was younger, but going as an adult I can definitely appreciate the gorgeous views. There's benches along the trail that would be perfect for stopping and eating a snack if you wanted. There is a pretty sheer drop along the trail, but there is a chain link fence the entire way. No chance of falling unless you're being irresponsible.

hiking
4 months ago

Short pretty hike!

hiking
7 months ago

The scenic overlook at the top is nice. The tunnel still looks massive from the top.

hiking
7 months ago

If you've already descended the trail down to the tunnel, tack this one on as well!

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7 months ago

The title of this listing is actually incorrect/misleading, but this is a great hike! The map and stats here show the trail down to the Natural Tunnel. On the park map, the "Tunnel Hill" trail is actually a different trail. Regardless, I loved this park. Several very short trails with great views and interesting points of interest. Bring $4 cash or check for entry (self-service when we were there; exact change). Highly recommended!

hiking
8 months ago

Since we visited during off season, the lift was not being operated. The hike down is super easy, but the hike back can be a little strenuous for those who are not in decent shape. It does, however, have plenty of spots with benches to make the climb back up easier. Being January, after lots of rain, there was some ice on the trail (it was 15 degrees when we visited), but not so much we couldn't use the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

A nice, relatively easy hike to a breath taking view. While it is along a sheer drop for most of the way, there is a chain link fence for the entire trail, even for the look out that is Lover's Leap.

hiking
8 months ago

This is an extremely short, easy walk to a reconstructed lo cabin. It has several places to access the creek, which would be nice in warm weather.

hiking
10 months ago

The lift was not operating when we went. Off season runs only Friday - Sunday. We had our 3 boys (15, 7, and 6) and my mom-in-law (Broke pelvis a year ago) with. We had just hiked Lovers Leap when we headed over to this trail. Again trail was well maintained and signage was good. It was steep but easily done with all the stairs. My mom needed to rest a lot coming back up because of her hips starting to hurt. She did amazing overall especially with all the stairs. Beautiful views from the bottom. Kids loved the whole thing.

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10 months ago

Breath-taking views! I am not a fan of heights so I struggle with these types of hikes. We had our 3 boys (15, 7, and 6) and my mom-in-law who broke her pelvis a year ago with us. I loved the guard rails along the whole trail. Trail was well maintained and signage for this trail was clear.

Great trail with stunning views! I love going to Natural Tunnel and hiking all of the trails.

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Beautiful!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

there's several creeks here close by that kids or adults can play in. right under the bridge is the best spot I think. very pretty area, trails arent too long but it's nice and shaded.

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