Natural Tunnel State Park


Natural Tunnel State Park includes the railroad tunnel along Stock Creek which was enlarged from the "natural tunnel" that originally pierced through the mountain. Daniel Boone and the 30 axemen marking Boone's Trace in 1775 came up Stock Creek. Just as did all the settlers who followed, they went around the hill. The "natural tunnel" was not large enough for passage.

You can follow that route today along Natural Tunnel Parkway, VA Road 871 north along Stock Creek and through the gap between Cove Ridge and Purchase Ridge to Sunbright. Continue on VA Road 871 southwest to Duffield.

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"Natural Tunnel" railroad tunnel

Photograph by Randell Jones

The railroad tunnel is 850 feet through a limestone hill. [View Additional File Details]

Map of Boone's Trace

Exhibit at Visitor Center, Natural Tunnel State Park

A map in the museum of the Natural Tunnel State Park Visitor Center shows the route of Daniel Boone and the 30 axemen making their way from the Long Island of the Holston River (today's Kingsport, TN) through the Cumberland Gap and north to the Kentucky River where they build Fort Boonesborough. [View Additional File Details]

Daniel Boone

Photograph by Randell Jones
Exhibit in the Visitor Center, Natural Tunnel State Park

An exhibit in the museum at the Visitor Center at Natural Tunnel State Park shares about the life of Daniel Boone. [View Additional File Details]

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