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Events: Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park

June 4th, 2013 12:00 pm by Staff report

Events: Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park

Happenings at Natural Tunnel State Park

Natural Tunnel State Park

1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway 

Duffield, VA 24244                             

June 2013

“Outdoor Nation Summit” Friday, June 7-9, 2013. This summit is for those that are between 18-28 years of age. Camp at Natural Tunnel State Park for free and receive meals for free. Attendees will work to identify the region’s pressing outdoor issues and development strategies to solving these challenges. Pre-registration is required by logging onto http://bit.ly/vspsummits. Those that register will receive a free t-shirt.

“National Get Outdoor’s Day” Saturday, June 8, 2013. Join Virginia State Parks as they provide a variety of programs for their community and for families to participate in that will take place in the outdoors. Natural Tunnel State Park will be providing a variety of programs from canoeing, to caving, to night hikes. The park will be providing hiking trails; several picnic tables with grills to use for lunch or dinner, the pool will be open, along with the chairlift. A lot to do so get outdoors today!

“Wild Cave Tour: Bolling” Saturday, June 8, 2013 departing from the Visitor Center parking lot at 2 p. m. Experience the underground world of caves on a guided tour.  View firsthand the unique formations and historical remains found in the parks cave. This tour will allow guests to see evidence of earlier cave explorers and inhabitants.  This tour involves more effort and ability due to the crawls and small passages found within the cave. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643. Cost is $15 per person or $12 per person for a group of 10 or more.

 “Night Hike” Saturday, June 8, 2013 departing from the old campfire ring at 8:30 p.m. Join park staff as they take you on a nightly adventure. Come and see what goes bump in the night. Please no flip-flops, crocs, or backless shoes. Hiking shoes or tennis shoes preferred. Free Program.

“Kayak the Clinch: Longhunters Run” June 9, 2013 departing from the Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m. This 9 mile float takes guests through some beautiful scenery on the way to the Virginia-Tennessee border. Most of this float is through slow moving water where guests will have the opportunity to view several scattered shoals along the trip. Half way through the trip the group will stop for a short period of time to stretch and eat a quick snack. Towards the end of the trip, during low water levels, there is a class 2 rapid. Minimum age 13 years. Trip length approximately 5 hours. Cost: $25 per person. Pre-registration is required by callingthe Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Canoe the Clinch: Cherokee Run” Sunday, June 9, 2013 departing from the Visitor Center parking lot at 2:30 p.m.Our traditional run, 5.5 miles in length, begins at Hill Station and passes through a succession of riffles before entering a series of slower-moving pools. Herons, ducks, and kingfishers are just some of the birds usually encountered, along with occasional sightings of deer, muskrat, otters and other river inhabitants. Enjoy a snack, or take a refreshing dip in the river at our ½ way point. Although geared to the novice, more experienced canoeists without the time for one of the longer trips will find this run an excellent way to experience the Clinch River. No children younger than five. Cost is $15 per person or for a group of 10 or more it is $12 per person. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Stock Creek Passage” Wednesday, June 12, 2013 departing from the Visitor Center parking lot at 10 a.m. See Natural Tunnel from the inside! Participants will enter the Natural Tunnel by hiking from the Stock Creek Interpretive Center to the North Portal of Natural Tunnel, then wading Stock Creek to the center of the Tunnel, following the path of early visitors who traversed the Tunnel prior to construction of the railroad. This walk can be strenuous. Wading attire, a flashlight and a wading staff are highly recommended. NO sandals, flip-flops, or crocs. Cost: $5 per person. Trip length: 2-4 hours. Minimum age: 8 years. Pre-registration is required by calling the Stock Creek Interpreter Center at (276) 940-1643.

“Snorkel the Clinch” Wednesday, June 12, 2013 departing the Visitor Center at 2 p.m. Spend a warm summer morning feeling the coolness of the Clinch River water pass by while crawling around the river floor looking for freshwater mussels, crayfish, and other river life. Groups will experience firsthand a small full grown fish called Darters. View how fast river snails can move under the water. No children under 7 years of age. No pets. Tennis shoes or water shoes required. No sandals, flip-flops, crocs, or backless shoes.  Trip length: 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Transportation to and from river is provided. Trip is limited to 15 participants. Cost is $5.00 per person. Pre-registration required by calling (276) 940-1643 or for more information. Program starts in June and ends in September with weather depending.


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