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The Commonwealth of Virginia acquired the tunnel and 100 surrounding acres in 1967 from the Natural Tunnel Chasm and Caverns Corp. to establish Natural Tunnel State Park. Approximately 750 additional acres were later acquired and the park opened in 1971.Natural Tunnel, called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by William Jennings Bryan, has been attracting sightseers to the mountains of southwestern Virginia for more than 100 years. Today it is the focal point of Natural Tunnel State Park, a park which offers visitors not only spectacular sights but also swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, a visitor center, an amphitheater and interpretive programs.
Outdoor Recreation Award for: Amazing Spots, Hiking
Activities At This Destination: Hiking, Biking, Camping, Educational Activities, Fishing, Gifts and Shopping, Wildlife Activities, Winter Activities, Hunting, Swimming, Picnicking, Boating and Water Sports and Canoeing and Kayaking
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