Weekly Interpretive Programming

 

Our Interpretive Staff

Carl Mullins: Park Naturalist/Historian

Special Note:  We welcome day visitors and lodge guests to attend programs held in the campground, but we ask that you park at the Water Park and make the short walk to the interpretive stage as there is no available guest parking in the campground.  Thank you.

 

 
 
Friday, August 18
10:30 AM – NATURE HIKE ON THE BEAVER POND TRAIL – Wildlife abounds near sources of water and in the heat of the day, this is the best place to look. Meet our Park Naturalist at the Bike Trail trailhead on Bungalow Drive and hike to Beaver Pond to see what’s out and about! Trail is rated easy with some up and downhill walking. Please wear appropriate closed-toe footwear. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY
 
12:00 PM – VAN TOUR OF THE PARK – Join us for a riding tour of the park. We will view several popular overlooks, travel down Nature Drive, and see the highest man made bridge in VA. You’ll be able to see the gorge and visit the Russell Fork River as well as many more of the most popular areas of the park. Please sign up for this tour as there is limited seating in the van; Sign up and meet at the Visitor Center. FREE ACTIVITY
 
1:00 PM – TIME WARP – Meet Carl, our park historian, at the Visitor Center to learn about the lifestyle of the early settlers in this region. Tour an actual log cabin home, and get hands-on experience grinding cornmeal at a working gristmill. FREE ACTIVITY
 
3:00 PM – SNAKES OF BREAKS PARK – See our presentation and live snakes program where you’ll learn facts and folklore of the different species of snakes found in the park. Meet Park Naturalist Carl at the Visitor Center FREE ACTIVITY
 
5:00 PM – WILDLIFE PROTECTION – Safeguarding wildlife in the Breaks Park. The Breaks Park has a large number of wildlife. Come by and see the various types of wildlife within the Park and learn how we can protect and manage the wildlife. Educate yourself about the species and the approach to managing encounters. FREE ACTIVITY
 
Saturday, August 19
10:30 AM – NATURE HIKE ON THE LOOP TRAIL – One of the more interesting and easy trails in the park. We make a loop and walk through groves of Rhododendrons and probably the most Mountain Laurel found in any other place in the park. You’ll also have the opportunity to see the tunnel going through the Towers at the Tower Tunnel Overlook. Please wear appropriate closed-toe footwear. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY
 
12:30 PM – TIME WARP – Meet Carl, our park historian, at the Visitor Center to learn about the lifestyle of the early settlers in this region. Tour an actual log cabin home, and get hands-on experience grinding cornmeal at a working gristmill. FREE ACTIVITY
 
2:30 PM – TOMAHAWK THROWING – Tomahawks were early tools used by pioneer settlers and Native Americans for general duties around camp like cutting firewood and processing game. Often when a day’s duties were done, everyone would get together for a friendly competition of tomahawk throwing. Our staff will teach you the art of tomahawk throwing and you’ll get the opportunity to throw a few yourself. Meet at the Visitor Center to learn this skill! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY
 
3:30 PM – ANIMAL TRACKER BANDANNAS – Every type of animal in the park is unique, and each track tells a story. Meet our Interpreter at the Campground to learn how to identify animals by their tracks, and learn how the animals live by looking at their tracks. You’ll get to make a bandanna of your very own featuring your favorite animal’s track! COST IS $3.00 PER PERSON
 
5:00 PM – SCAVENGER HUNT – Meet at the Visitor Center to pick up your list, then see how many items you can find. You’ll have one hour to complete the hunt and get back to the Visitor Center for the chance to win a prize. The top three scores will receive a prize. FREE ACTIVITY
 
7:00 PM – BLUEGRASS SHOW – “South Mountain Boys” will perform at the Amphitheater. FREE ADMISSION
 
Sunday, August 20
1:30 PM – TOMAHAWK THROWING – Tomahawks were early tools used by pioneer settlers and Native Americans for general duties around camp like cutting firewood and processing game. Often when a day’s duties were done, everyone would get together for a friendly competition of tomahawk throwing. Our staff will teach you the art of tomahawk throwing and you’ll get the opportunity to throw a few yourself. Meet at the Visitor Center to learn this skill! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY
 
2:30 PM – TIME WARP – Meet Carl, our park historian, at the Visitor Center to learn about the lifestyle of the early settlers in this region. Tour an actual log cabin home, and get hands-on experience grinding cornmeal at a working gristmill. FREE ACTIVITY
 
4:00 PM – SNAKES OF BREAKS PARK – See our presentation and live snakes program where you’ll learn facts and folklore of the different species of snakes found in the park. Meet Park Naturalist Carl at the Visitor Center FREE ACTIVITY


On behalf of our staff, thank you for visiting us and we look forward to seeing you again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This page is dedicated to weekly programming provided by our interpretive staff. For information about annual park events, click here.