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.

Thursday, May 25
11:00 AM – CUMBERLAND MOUNTAIN SCENIC DRIVE VAN TOUR – The Cumberland Mountain Scenic Drive was designated in 2009 as a Virginia Scenic Byway State Rt. 611. Beginning at Breaks Interstate Park and winding through the mountains, you will find several tourism attractions spurring off the route. Birch Knob Tower located in the Jefferson National Forest, Airplane Rock Overlook, John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir, Branham Farm, Mullins Pond, mountain streams as well as an abundance of wildlife viewing along the route. For a step back in time, travel with us through this scenic mountain road and take a breath of fresh mountain air. The tour is approximately 26 miles in length and will take around 3 ½ – 4 hours. Seating on the van is limited, so reservations are required. To make a reservation, stop by the Visitor Center or call 276-865-4413 ext. 3213. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. A bag lunch and drink is included.
 
Friday, May 26
11:30 AM – 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
 
2:00 PM – ANIMAL TRACKER BANDANNAS – Every type of animal in the park is unique, and each track tells a story. Meet our Interpreter at the Visitor Center 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
 
3:00 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
 
5:00 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
 
7:30 PM – WELCOME CAMPFIRE – The Welcome Campfire is an opportunity to become acquainted with the park. You can ask questions about the park’s facilities and activities, and meet your fellow campers. Meet us at the Campground Interpretive Stage next to the Basketball Court and bring an appetite — we’ll have all of the makings for s’mores! FREE ACTIVITY
 
Saturday, May 27
10:00 AM – 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
 
12:30 PM – NATURE HIKE: CAMP BRANCH / GARDEN HOLE – Hike with us alongside the cool waters and moss laden rocks and logs of Camp Branch as it makes its way into the Russell Fork River. Also get a view of Garden Hole, the get-in and get-out spot for rafters who brave the whitewater of the Russell Fork River! Meet at the Visitor Center where we will take a van to the trail head. FREE ACTIVITY
 
3:00 PM – “BACK IN TIME” – Go back in time to the days when our forefathers lived in these mountains. Times were much different then—the lifestyle, culture and how folks made their livelihood on hillside farms is something that is fast disappearing and forgotten by many. We’ll tell you what it was like to use a horse or mule in pulling the turning plows, harrows, drags and bull tongue plows. Get hands-on- experience grinding corn into meal, tour a 185 year old cabin home, then learn how and why moonshine was made. Meet Carl at the Visitor Center. FREE ACTIVITY
 
4:30 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 interpretive stage for the chance to win a prize. The top three scores will receive a prize. FREE ACTIVITY
 
Sunday, May 28
1:00 PM – HOMEMADE BIRD FEEDER CRAFT – Birds can be seen during spring and summer looking for food, but when winter comes and food resources begin to dwindle, it can be good to offer them some help as they make their way south for the winter. Our staff will be at the Visitor Center, along with all of the supplies needed to make a bird feeder to help the birds around your house. COST IS $1.00 PER PERSON
 
2:00 PM – ANIMAL TRACKER BANDANNAS – Every type of animal in the park is unique, and each track tells a story. Meet our Interpreter at the Visitor Center 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
 
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
 
4:00 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
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.