Sunday, September 5, 2010
Natural Tunnel State Park
To descend to the gorge, visitors can either hike the quarter-mile Tunnel Trail or better yet, take the park's chairlift down. It's a steep and exciting ride with great views -- and a bargain for only $3 roundtrip. And while the tunnel is a fascinating formation, the 400 foot tall limestone cliffs encircling the tunnel gorge are just as spectacular. Another short trail leads to what is said to be the oldest home built in Scott County that has been reconstructed nearby. After a quick ride back to the top, I recommend taking the trail that leads around the edge of the cliff to a dizzying view known as lover's leap.
Also found in the park are a vistors center and museum, numerous other trails, campgrounds, cabin and lodge rentals, swimming pool and picnic areas.
Click here to visit the official park website and to download a map of the park.