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Natural Tunnel State Park

Duffield, Virginia


1420 Natural Tunnel Pkwy
Duffield, Virginia 24244
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Sites: 38
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 36.70003
Longitude: -82.73571

Elevation: 1751' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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25 Reviews

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Another great Virginia State Park, lots of things to see and do, but school has started and pool is only open on weekends, most of the programs are also on the weekends. Trails and the chairlift are open everyday. Nice touch was a paper that listed business nearby with direction and phone numbers. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
LL-13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

They give you a very good list of business in the area, see both side of the tunnel.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park with large COE-ish sites and plenty of space between sites. Water & electric but no sewer at the site. Ours had trees and brush between sites on the side but the back butted to another site which was vacant. Lovers Leap loop is where we stayed #17. Great cell and hot spot (ATT) reception. Very clean, new shower house. Lovers Leap is the newer loop and the reservable site specific one. The Tunnel is worth seeing. Would definitely return if in the area. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
LL17
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The park office/store has Bourbon flavored fudge which is to die for!

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I will say I may have rose colored glasses as we stayed here after a week of primitive camping at Shenandoah. The campground is immaculate. Sites on the outer perimeter were widely spaced. Ours had brush/trees between it and the next site. Very quiet. The camp host wasn't around much but the rangers in the info station were very helpful. We went to the 'center' which was a beautiful log home-looking building and were able to use their FAST wi-fi. They also had wi-fi at the campground registration hut which I didn't realize until we were leaving. The tunnel was cool to see and the trails were nice, albeit short. There isn't much in the surrounding area but we would 100% stay here again if traveling through the area. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Pavers
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed in the Lover Leap Loop. Please note that starting March 2, 2018, these sites will be "site specific" reservation only. Not a lot of shade but more private than Cove View which is VERY OPEN and CLOSE TOGETHER. At this time of year sites 2, 3, 4, 10 and 12 in LL seemed to have the most shade in the pm (by 4pm) and the most privacy. My site didn't have shade until almost 6pm. Bathrooms the cleanest I've seen in a state park. Checked out Cove View as well. Bathrooms old but clean. Sites are pull thru and very close together (no privacy) but have more shade. There are 4 Yurts in this area. Did not go to the pool area but from a distance it looked nice but you must drive to it. There is a steep but short hill to get to both campgrounds. The chair lift ride to the tunnel is a must do. Got lucky and the train passed while we were there. It was AWESOME. The park staff do not know the train schedule due to security reasons after 9/11. Chairlift and pool passes are include in your stay. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Lovers Leap 7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

If physically able to do so, hike the Stock Creek Trail which leads to the other side or exit of the tunnel. It's easy on the way down and moderate of the way back. One mile each way. Beautiful and up close views of the tunnel (can walk in a little way).

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Review Count: 62
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 9

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Natural Tunnel State Park is one of our favorite destinations. Everyone is friendly and the park is very well maintained. We stayed in the older Cove View section of the campground as the newer Lovers Leap section was already full by the time we made reservations. All sites have power and water hook-ups. There are no cable, WiFi or sewer hook-ups. Most major TV networks are available OTA. There is a large, attractive swimming pool in the park and pool passes are provided at check-in. This year the park has added four yurts in the Cove View section, very well appointed with large decks, but without power or water. The park also offers a number of cabins of various sizes. Restrooms and showers in both sections of the campground are very clean and well maintained. As noted in other reviews, the road to the top of the ridge where the campground is located is narrow and very steep, so gear down and be careful. Given the premium price but lack of premium amenities (sewer/cable/WiFi), our future visits to this park will be infrequent and short duration. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15 Cove View
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Carter Fold Saturday night show is a treat not to be missed!

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Another nice camp ground. We stayed in Lovers Leap section which is the newest part of the campground. This is one of the best laid out campground we have been to. Sites were level and roomy. Although we didn't use the shower/ restrooms/ laundry building, we went in to check them out. They were new, clean and very nice. Sites had fire ring, picnic table, and a small table great for holding plates and grilling utensils when grilling out. Natural tunnel was neat to see. Mostly a down hill hike to the tunnel from Lovers Leap section. The lovers leap trail goes around the rim of the gorge which gives you a great view. Hike back up was a little tough but if you take your time, it's not bad. They run a chair lift at certain times but only brings you back to the parking lot. It was super quiet when we were there. It's on our "A" list. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Check out Carter Family Fold if you like old time music. It's about a 30 minute ride away. Old time music at its best!

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This state park has a lot of cool things to see and do. We walked from our campsite at Lover's Leap loop via the Gorge Ridge trail to Lover's Leap. This is a cool view of the Natural Tunnel and the site where the Cherokee maiden and a Shawnee brave jumped to their death according to signs at the site. From there, we continued down the Lover's Leap Trail down to the visitor center and chair lift area. The chair life and visitor center were both closed until April which meant the only way down to the tunnel was the Tunnel Trail. This trail is only 0.27 miles long and has many stairs and switchbacks making it doable for most. The Natural Tunnel and Stock Creek running along the side are truly worth the walk down and even worth the walk back up. We took the Gorge Ridge Trail back up from the visitor center parking lot which was easier and shorter than the route we took on the way down. Bath, shower and laundry facilities were clean and new. Our campsite was level and well maintained. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Lovers Leap
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tips for other Campers:

We stopped here as part of our tour of the Wilderness Road. Starting at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport, TN you can pick up the trail to Cumberland Gap and then on to Fort Boonesborough. This is a natural and worthwhile stop along the route.

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Review Count: 80
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in the Lover's Leap campground and think this is one of the best RV parks around. The State of Virginia, I am told, doesn't have sewers available at most sites, and that would be the only downside. One other point, you are camped on the top of the mountain, with the tunnel underneath you, and the road up to the top is a fairly steep grade. There is one short section extremely steep for several hundred feet. I would call it a 20% grade and we always disconnect for this final hill. This does seem to keep many of the larger big rig motorhomes, away from this park. We had a 40 ft. long rig and were able to make it, in first gear, going very slow, but just very steep on that one part. It's a lovely park and incredibly well-maintained. The original camp ground nearby is not paved, and not as level as the Lover's Leap. The state does allow use of the road going over the top to some dump trucks, and noticed a lot of them driving over the hill during the daytime. Just a little noisy, but it's not through the campgrounds, just near them. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Big Stone Gap is a short drive to the North, a charming town where they filmed the movie. Saturday night shows at the Carter Family Fold in Hilton, Virginia, are a must for traditional bluegrass fans. We enjoy watching trains, but the coal business is down so much, we never saw a train near the Natural Tunnel in a whole week. wonderful hiking trail system that can be accessed near the campgrounds. The tunnel overlook trail is a must!! Take the ski lift tram down to the tunnel.

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Review Count: 119
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Most sites are back in with extensive gravel ground cover. Water and electric hook ups but no sewer. The only attraction is the Natural Tunnel which has an active train track running through it. You can walk down to the tunnel but you can't walk through it. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 38
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This park is wonderful! The sites on Lovers' Leap loop are huge and very private. Many sites are completely surrounded by trees and natural privacy barriers and they are all ample in length and space. The park includes the Natural Tunnel exploration area which is a MUST-SEE. The chair lifts are convenient and fun, but not required. The walking trails down into the canyon and into the surrounding areas are easy to walk and provide great views. And the pool is massive! 12-Feet deep, diving board area, shallow. slides, childrens' area, and a large area for swimming. The park is gorgeous. The only reason I did not rate it a 10 is because there are no sewer hook-ups. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Natural Tunnel State Park is a beautiful park with a wonderful campground. The Lover's Leap loop sites are spacious, level and easy to back into. The Natural Tunnel was a fantastic site to see. The $4.00 chair lift was well worth the price to access the gorge and board walk to the tunnel. Be prepared for some short steep hills to get to the campground. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

A trip to Big Stone Gap is worth the 20 mile drive.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice state park, what we expect to find in Virginia. Water and 30a/50a electric. Water pressure about 50 psi. We stayed in Lovers Leap and the sites were spacious and well separated. Hardly any shade over most of the sites. The older section has better shade but hardly any privacy. The trails are top notch and the chair lift down to the tunnel is great. We will return in August and would visit often except for the 7 hour drive. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Lovers Leap 7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Plenty to do in the park. Gas, grocery, and fast food 4 miles away.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Very friendly and helpful staff and hosts. The campground is very well kept and the sites were huge and level. You're a hop, skip, and a jump to the access to the park where there are several easy hiking trails. The must do trail is the one to the actual tunnel that the park is named for. If you don't want to do the hike to the tunnel or back, there is a chair lift that will take you down and back up. We plan to do a few others before we leave here. There is a pool that looks very nice but we did not use due to our limited time here. They were having bluegrass music here later today. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Great Park with two campgrounds. Lovers Leap Campground offers 30 and 50 amp service with 17 back-in sites, with long, straight sites. They offer one 65' pull-thru site. All sites are pea gravel and gravel, except for one handicapped site, which is asphalt. Bath house, slop sink area and laundry are wonderful. Cove View Campground is 16 pull thru sites, less than 35', with gravel drive and lots of grass, older bath house but clean. Nice little playground located between campgrounds. Programs about, especially on weekends. Swimming pool is about 1/2 mile away, but is wonderful with 12' depth, 2 diving boards, 2 water slides. Admission is included with camping. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
LL 17
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Fast food restaurants and grocery store are about 4 miles away.

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Review Count: 158
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 29

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Located in the hills and hollows of east Tennessee, the CG is on the fairly top of a hill with a very steep paved road coming up from the nice park office in the valley (hollow). An older CG area that is not quite level, with pull-throughs and electricity and water. A newer area has large graveled sites more level. Bathhouses were clean. Dump station by the entry road. The Natural Tunnel is spectacular with a steep taxing zig zagging trail from a nice visitor center leading down; better to use the excellent chair lift. A creek has created a huge natural tunnel at the base of a hollow eroding a tunnel through a mountain. A railroad and the creek both run through the tunnel. There are hiking trails. Now for a complaint. The CG site price was $30. We were drop-ins, but we were charge $5 for a "reservation" anyway, plus tax on the site and the "reservation" So $38. The ladies at the office obviously have already caught a lot of grief about this but this was not in their control. We camped at Natural Tunnel State Park in a Motorhome.

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