Weekly Interpretive Programming


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.


2019 Interpretive Staff
Interpreters: Karen Adkins, Colleen Turner, & Dustin Stiltner

Friday, October 11

3:00 PM – LIFE OF THE EARLY APPALACHIAN – Back before this area was known as the Breaks Interstate Park, early Appalachian families lived a very different life than we do in today’s day and age. Meet at the Counts Cabin right behind the Visitor’s Center to discover how early settlers used to survive in the Appalachian Mountains, including typical cabin life, early farming equipment, and much more. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY

4:30 PM – NATURE’S TREASURE HUNT: GEOCACHING 101 – Who doesn’t like a good treasure hunt? Learn how to use the Global Positioning System (GPS) or a free downloadable app for smartphones to look for hidden containers called geocaches within the park. Join our Interpretive Staff at the Visitor’s Center for a short hike to learn how to get involved in this free outdoor recreational activity that you can participate in all over the world! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY


Saturday, October 12

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM –  “LET’S GO FISHING!” – The “Let’s Go Fishing” program consists of five activity stations that introduce basic tackle, knot tying, casting, conservation and stewardship. This program will start at 10 am and will be available until 12 pm for new participants . No new participants will be able to start after 12 pm due to the length of the program. After the event is over, the participants will have the opportunity to fish in Laurel Lake and enjoy a cookout provided by the park. To register for this program, call our Reservation desk at (276) 865-4413 ext. 1. FREE ACTIVITY

4:00 PM – DON’T GO B-B-BATTY SCAVENGER HUNT – Meet at the Visitor’s Center to pick up your scavenger hunt list and figure out the answers to the clues provided. Here’s a hint, all answers will start with a B! You’ll have one hour to complete the scavenger hunt and bring it back to the Visitor’s Center to win a prize! Good luck! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY

6:30 PM –  FIRE AWARENESS/BEAR AWARE PROGRAM – The Black Bear is native to Eastern North America and quite a few of them live right here in the park! Join our Interpretive Stage at the Interpretive Stage next to the basketball court in Campground B to learn how to be more bear aware and enjoy some s’mores (FIRE BAN PERMITTING). Our campfires are a great opportunity for guests to be acquainted with the park. Feel free to ask our Interpretive Staff about any other events or activities are available during your stay! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY


Sunday, October 13

1:00 PM – BURY THE HATCHET – Native Americans used to use the breaks in the mountains as a prime hunting and foraging location. Meet our Interpretive Staff in the museum inside the Visitor’s Center to discover other tools Native Americans used to live off the land around us! One of those tools was the tomahawk, which was great for close combat. In modern times, tomahawk throwing has become quite the sport. Our staff will teach you the art of tomahawk throwing, and you’ll get the opportunity to see if you can hit the bulls eye! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY

3:00 PM – LAKE TRAIL HIKE – Meet our Interpretive Staff at the Visitor’s Center to discover how the different trees, flowers, and wildlife that come to life as fall approaches. The hike will take place on the Lake Trail, which is rated easy but does have up- and downhill walking. Please be aware that roots do cover parts of the trail. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. 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!




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