Campground: Natural Tunnel State Park - Lover's Leap
Location: Duffield, VA
Last visit: June, 2010
MRS RN: We tent camped in the Lover's Leap section of Natural Tunnel State Park Campground in Duffield, Virginia in June, 2010. We found the campground in a tent camping guidebook.
Campground Review and Description:
We camped here with a bunch of my husband's high school students. There were 12 of us in all. We had two family tents, a smaller tent and two canopies. We stayed for four nights, and spent a day exploring Natural Tunnel State park and two days in the Cumberland Gap area.
I can't say enough good things about this park. There are some great trails for hiking, the Tunnel (trains included), visitor center, and a beautiful Olympic size pool and concession. The rangers and camp hosts were wonderful and very attentive.
There are two camping areas; we stayed at the Lover's Leap section. Our sites were clean, and had the usual picnic table and fire ring, as well as prep table with lantern hook. They also had electric and a water pump, which we made use of for clean up, and to run lights off our canopy tents. Make sure you bring a hammer for tent stakes. The ground is hard and the sites are crushed rock.
The bathhouse was very clean and had four hot shower stalls (no charge), in addition to a coin laundry.
Pros, Cons, Attractions and Additional Comments:
Pros: Abundant wildlife - we were visited nightly by a family of skunks - OK, perhaps I should put that one in "Cons." We also had the pleasure of seeing deer, raccoon, and fox. Friendly staff. Clean campground and bathhouse.
Cons: Skunks! They walked right up to us while we were eating.
Attractions: Shot Tower, Big Stone Gap, Cumberland Gap, White Rocks and Sand Cave.
Additional Comments: I read a previous review of a person who complained about having to pay parking. I believe that is only in the area run by concessionaires. It is free (including the pool) for those who are staying at the park.
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