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, October 27th, 2016

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 the 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 1/2 to 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 extension 3213.  Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.  A bag lunch and drink is included.

 

Friday, October 28th, 2016

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- 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 

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

 

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

10:30 PM – NATURE HIKE ON THE LAKE AND COLD SPRINGS TRAIL There are many species of plants and animals found in the park, from tiny insects to Black Bears. Meet at the Visitor Center and take a short hike to learn about the various plants, trees and animals that are found here at the park. 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 

2:30 PM – ANIMAL TRACKER BANDANNAS – Every type of animal in the park is unique, and each track tells a story. Meet our Interpreter at the 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

3:30 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 ELK TOUR Tickets are $30 each for Adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets may be purchased at the Front Desk or by calling 276-865-4413 ext. 3201

 

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

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 –  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

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

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

 

 

*** This will conclude our programming schedule for 2016, On behalf of our Staff, Thank you for visiting us and we look forward to seeing you again!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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