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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.


Joshua Poss

Monday, July 9, 2018
We camped in the Cove View Loop at Natural Tunnel State Park during the 4th of July week in 2018. The park is clean, orderly and extremely well maintained. To me, it had the appearance of a National Park more so than a State Park. The young lady who checked us in was friendly and informative. The Rangers who visited our campsite in the mornings were extremely friendly, and patient with my kid's questions. We were well informed of all the park's activities and events by those Rangers. The camp hosts were AWESOME! They kept my kids entertained and told us about other local things to see and do. A huge shout-out to all the personnel of Natural Tunnel State Park. You guys and gals are incredible and your park is truly something to be proud of!

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.

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