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Evens: Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park

Staff Report • Oct 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Happenings at Natural Tunnel

October 2013

“Fall Colors Hayride” Saturday, October 12, 2013 departing from the Blockhouse parking lot at 6 p.m. Take a step back in time as we travel along the historic Fincastle Turnpike Road. Here you will see the wonderful splendor of some of Rye Cove’s countryside with its rolling hills, grasslands, abundance of wildlife, fall colors within the woods, and even some cactus. Enjoy an evening listening about some of the structures that remain standing from 100’s of years ago. Some of these structures include The Masonic Lodge, Brick Church, and much more. Trip length: 1 hour and 30 minutes or 7 miles long. Dress for the weather. Bring a sweater because it may become breezy. Feel free to bring a camera to capture some of the beautiful sunsets across the mountains. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Astronomy Night” Saturday, October 12, 2013 starting at 9 p.m in the Blockhouse parking lot. Spend time viewing thousands of starts, learning about the fall night sky, and looking at the moon. This program is free.

“Fall Colors Week” starting October 14-20, 2013 the chairlift and Visitor Center will be open during the week and weekend. Come and enjoy the wonderful crisp air and the abundance of color Mother Nature provides during this time of year. Cost will be a $3 parking fee along with a $3 chairlift fee.

“Full Moon Hike” Friday, October 18, 2013 departing from the Blockhouse parking lot at 7:30 p.m. Spend an evening listening to stories about the Harvest Moon and the different animal noises you may hear in the park. Free program. No flip-flops, crocks, or sandals.

“Frontier Harvest Festival” Saturday, October 26, 2013 starting at 12 p.m ending at 5 p.m. Come join the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Association as they re-create the time of 1775 while displaying what Native Americans and settlers were doing in the fall to get ready for winter. There will be period dressed re-enactors demonstration Native American cooking; there will be a Cherokee language workshop, an African American slave workshop, settler cooking, flax breaking, and much more. This is a great opportunity for students to receive extra credit in their history classes. Free Program!

“Lighting of the Tunnel” Saturday, October 26, 2013 starting at 7 p.m. and ending around 10 p.m. at the mouth of the tunnel. Join local musicians John Kilgore Jr. and Friends as they get your hands a clappen’ and toe’s a tappen’. Cost is $3 for parking and $3 to ride the chairlift.

All hiking trails are open from 8 a.m. - dusk.

Cabins, campgrounds, and shelters are open.

To make reservations for the campgrounds, cabins, or picnic shelters for the

2014 year call 1-800-933-PARK or visit www.virginiastateparks.gov.

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