2018 Tunnel to Adventure Come and Go Rally

WHEN:  June 8 – 10, 2018
(with optional June 7 add-on)

WHERE:     NATURAL TUNNEL STATE PARK Campground

ADDRESS:  420 Natural Tunnel Parkway,  DUFFIELD VA 24244-9361

SITES REMAINING: 16 11 8

REGISTRATION FORM:  2018 Tunnel to Adventure Registration Form.pdf

NOTE:  After 11/28/17, you will need to register on your own through ReserveAmerica.com, one, two, or three nights as you wish.  Specify the “Lovers Leap 2018” section (So far rally members are in LL05 thru LL11 and LL 16).  We have opened up the rally to other units, so don’t delay.

Trip Advisor:  Review

Google Map from Knoxville (2 hrs 11 min; 104 miles): directions & map

QUESTIONS:  Mary Johnson (937-974-5539) email:  0165@wbcci.net

Adventure Summary

Join our East Tennessee Unit on this flexible, adventure-filled two-night (optional 3rd night) rally where you’ll explore not one, but two tunnels! Pick and choose from the following fun things to do: a chair lift ride to the base to view Natural Tunnel with an active RR track running through it; a ranger-led tour into the tunnel to learn more about its geology; an underground tour of the largest coal mine in Kentucky; an authentic German dinner (can you say y’all in German); and a night of blue grass and clogging at the Carter Family Fold, which honors the memory of the first family of country music, the legendary Carter Family. Basic rally is two days and costs just $95 (parking & rally fee) if you choose just to relax at the pool with your children or grandchildren, chill, and join in on the group campfires and pot lucks. Chairlift tickets included in rally fee.  Everything else is an add-on. Register early to assure we are all together in the new section with spacious, 30 & 50 amp 2-pt hook-ups. 

Your Schedule

Thursday (optional add-on)

  • 4 pm – 6 pm:  Arrive
  • 7 pm:  POT LUCK (bring a dish to impress)
  • 8:30 pm:  CAMPFIRE

Friday 

  • 10:00 am:  CHAIR LIFT TO NATURAL TUNNEL.  Line up to drive to chairlift to Natural Tunnel.  Start as a group then explore on your own.  
  •  COAL MINE UNDERGROUND RAIL TOUR
    • Address:  Portal 31, 1 Portal Circle, Lynch, KY  (directions).  (606) 848-3131
    • Travel Time:  1 hour  
    • 11:30 pm: GROUP 1 drives to Portal 31 Mine Tour for 1:00 pm Tour
    • 12:30 pm:  GROUP 2 drives to Portal 31 Mine Tour for 2:00 pm Tour
    • 1:30 pm:  GROUP 3 drives to Portal 31 Mine Tour for 3:00 pm Tour
  • FREE TIME:  Enjoy the pool (free for campers), hike, etc.
  • 4 pm – 6 pm:  Arrive (beginning of BASIC RALLY)
  • 7 pm:  POT LUCK (bring a dish to impress)
  • 8:30 pm:  CAMPFIRE

Saturday (all activities are optional)

  • (TBD) am:  WALKING TOUR of NATURAL TUNNEL.  Meet to carpool to ranger station to begin ranger-led walking tour of Natural Tunnel.
    • 1 Hour Tour.  Easy to moderate difficulty (only because of uneven creek-bed)
    • Bring water shoes or old sneakers and a walking stick.  You will get wet as we will be walking through a creek into the tunnel.  Footing will be uneven.  Water may be up to your calf.  You will never feel claustrophobic as the ceiling is always high above your head and you will always see daylight.
    • Don’t stress over this.  I have done it with people of various ages and you will have fun.  We’ll work together and help those who feel a little unstable at times.
  • FREE TIME:  Enjoy the pool (free for campers), hike, etc.
  • 4:00 pm:  GERMAN DINNER.  Meet to carpool to German Restaurant for 4:30 reservation.  Interesting fact, Ingrid, our chef, has ties to the Carter family.  Meal is totally homemade with authentic German recipes.  Includes two sides, drink, and homemade German dessert.
  • 5:45 pm:  Carpool to CARTER FAMILY FOLD.  Evening of blue grass music and clogging.
    • ADDRESS:  The Carter Family Memorial Music Center, Inc.
      3449 A. P. Carter Highway
      Hiltons,  VA 24258
    • 6:00 pm:  Tour Carter family homestead and family store museums.
    • 7:30 pm:  Be entertained with Old Time Music.

Sunday

  • FREE TIME:  Enjoy the pool (free for campers), hike, etc.
  • 1:00 pm:  Checkout

 

Other Things to  Do:

  • The Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol, VA.  
    • Travel Time:  1 hour ($13, $11 seniors) 
    • Address:  520 Birthplace of Country Music Way, Bristol, VA  24201 (directions)
  • Gate City, VA 
    • Travel Time:  15 minutes
    • Enjoy two antique shops and local restaurants
  • Abingdon, VA
    • Travel Time:  1 hour
    • Virginia Creeper Bike Trail:  18 mile downhill rails-to-trails.  
    • Barter Theater
    • Winery, Brewery
    • Tons of restaurants and shopping.

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