At Natural Tunnel State Park, known as the 8th Wonder of the World, enjoy a chairlift to the gorge below. Follow the footsteps of Daniel Boone at the Anderson Blockhouse, and attend the Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama in Big Stone Gap.

Appalachian Backroads Big Stone Gap Highlights
Appalachian Backroads Pennington Gap VA highlights

Approximately 76.2 miles

1. Start at Natural Tunnel State Park

2. R on 871 to Duffield

3. Straight at Red Light on 58

4. L on 604

5. L on 63 toward Sneedville

6. L on 33

7. L on 600

8. Straight to 610/Dry Branch Rd

9. R on 604

10. R on 600

11. Follow 600/623 to Hwy 58

12. L on 58/23

13. L on 23/58 to Big Stone Gap

14. L on 58A Through Dryden

15. L on 421 at Pennington Gap

16. L on 58/421 to

17. Straight at red light on 871 to

Natural Tunnel State Park

To download a tank map for this route click the button below and unzip the zip file.


Natural Tunnel State Park - Duffield

1420 Natural Tunnel Pkwy   276-940-2674

Appalahian Mountain Cabins - Duffield

530 Fincastle Rd   276-940-1155

Estillville Bed and Breakfast - Gate City

128 Park St   276-690-2091

Boone's Pointe Cabins - Gate City

Rt 224    276-494-1077

Sugar Maple Inn - Nickelsville

112 Dougherty St   276-479-0371

Comfort Inn - Big Stone Gap

4609 Aerial Way   276-523-5911

Poplar Hill Cottage - Big Stone Gap

10 W First St   276-523-1322

Jessie Lea Campground - Big Stone Gap

902 Wood Ave W   276-523-0055

Cave Springs Campground - Big Stone Gap

Rt 845   276-679-8370


3. Lee Theatre

41676 W Morgan Ave, Pennington Gap, VA

4. Natural Tunnel State Park

1420 Natural Tunnel Parkway, Duffield, VA

5. SWVA Historic Museum State Park

10 W 1st St N, Big Stone Gap, VA

6. Trail of the Lonesome Pine Outdoor Drama

518 Clinton Ave. E, Big Stone Gap, VA

Appalachian Backroads Wise County VA Highlights

Duffield Grill - Duffield

187 Duff-Patt Hwy   276-431-3283

Red Stone Drive-In - Duffield

439 Natural Tunnel Pkwy   276-940-2916

Little Mexico Mexican Restaurant - Big Stone Gap

117 Powell Valley Rd   276-523-3992

Tales of the Lonesome Pine 2nd Story Café - Big Stone Gap

404 Clinton Ave E   276-523-5097

Dari Delite - Big Stone Gap

710 Shawnee Ave E   276-523-3921

Four Seasons - Big Stone Gap

731 E 5th St S   276-523-4317


Red Flower Chinese - Big Stone Gap

323 Wood Ace E   276-523-2498

Annie's Café - Big Stone Gap

311 Wood Ave   276-524-4078

Huddle House - Big Stone Gap

4611 Aerial Way   276-523-6530


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