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Portal 31

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Address: Lynch, KY

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Nothing to fear

I was hesitant to enter a mine for a half hour tour due to a bit of claustrophobia but this is not in a cramped closed environment. You ride in a rail car on a track but there is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was hesitant to enter a mine for a half hour tour due to a bit of claustrophobia but this is not in a cramped closed environment. You ride in a rail car on a track but there is plenty of open space around you. The car stops at certain points for a history of coal mining.

1 Thank Kygirl56
Dallas, Texas
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40 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

We have seen pictures, we have seen movies, we have read about it, but we never enjoyed a tour through a mine highlighting its past from the beginning to the end. The tour takes approx 40 min. It's a constant 52 degree in the mine, so plan accordingly. It was well worth it in our opinion.

Thank Stefan B
Middlesboro, Kentucky
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29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

Although I wish the tour were longer and went deeper into the mine, it was surprisingly informative and well done. It brings home to you the fact that coal mining was an honorable profession in which good, hard working men tried to support and better the lives of their families and our nation. I've always been proud that Mom's dad... More 

3 Thank Crawford B
Augusta, Georgia
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We traveled to Lynch to do this tour and to learn more about the history of coal mining in southeastern Kentucky as well as the communities set up to support the industry. First, the people who helped us were very nice. The tour in the mine is very interesting and very well done. Our guide lives there and had worked... More 

2 Thank Nathan7744
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61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

After driving through the picturesque Appalachians, Portal 31 gives you the opportunity to look INSIDE the mountains. You get to go in a minecar through the old tracks in a retired coal mine. The tour itself was rather Epcot-esque (which personally creeped me out) but it was informative and I enjoyed it. It's a short tour. (no walking) However, your... More 

1 Thank Regibus
Brooklyn, New York
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

The guide was very informative and was the grandson of the 'narrator' of the tour. You travel into the mine on a mine-rail car and learn about coal mining and union history over the life of the mine. You also see first hand the inside of a mine.

1 Thank stew15
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We drove through the Cumberland Gap to Lynch for the Coal Mine Tour. Very interesting to see the vein of coal. Our guide let us mine a huge chunk of coal to take home! Worth the drive!

1 Thank Shiniesthalo
Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 September 2016

The picture you keep in your mind's eye of a coal mine may be misleading. My wife and I drove over from Cumberland Falls while camping to tour the mine. It was a long scenic drive and very enjoyable. The people at the mine were very friendly and accommodating. You ride in a converted coal car pulled by a real... More 

1 Thank billadd99
Pensacola, Florida
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66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

I think this is a must see- for visitors and locals alike. The entire tour into the mines is well thought out and the stops with history and stories are wonderful. We have family that used to work in this particular mine and it was eye opening to see what they did. The vast sections (or tunnels if you will)... More 

1 Thank lorzarn
Dodge City, Kansas, United States
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I arrived ten minutes BEFORE the first tour. "Host" told me the tour had ALREADY STARTED!!. Then he said they would be out in "about "thirty minutes." Told me to look at the exhibit outside the portal as that would take about 20-30 minutes. This was a total lie, there wasn't much to there. I waited for nearly an hour... More 

Thank Courtney W

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