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.

 

 2018 Interpretive Staff
Interpretive Programs Coordinator: Shay Wilson
Interpreters: Karen Adkins & Joseph Hurley

Saturday, July 14
2:00 PM – TOWERS TUNNEL HIKE – Join our Interpretive Staff at the Towers Tunnel Parking Lot to learn about the relationship between trails and water and also about the native Mountain Laurel flower that blooms across the park. The Towers Tunnel Overlook trail is short but the terrain is difficult with steep steps and roots. Please wear closed-toed shoes. Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY

3:30 PM – SCAVENGER HUNT – Meet at the Visitor’s Center to pick up your list to find out how quickly you can find all the answers about the park. You’ll have one hour to complete the hunt and get back to the Visitor’s Center for the chance to win a prize! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY

5:00 PM – ROAMING RANGER – Our interpreters are full of knowledge about the wildlife present inside of the park. You’ll learn new and interesting facts about some of our furry residents such as the Black Bear and Coyote. Meet our Interpretive Staff at the Interpretive Stage next to the basketball court in Campground B and you might even get to touch a Coyote’s fur! FREE ACTIVITY

7:30 PM – TALES TOLD AROUND THE CAMPFIRE – The park may be full of trees and wildlife but there are also a lot of different stories and tales from around this area of past residents and travelers. Join our Interpretive Staff at the Interpretive Stage next to the basketball court in Campground B to hear some of those tales before getting a chance to tell us a story of yours while enjoying some s’mores! Our campfires are great opportunities for guests to be acquainted with the park. Feel free to ask our Interpretive Staff about any other events or activities that are available during your stay! FREE ACTIVITY

Sunday, July 15
12:30 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 bullseye! Children 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. FREE ACTIVITY

1:30 PM – LAKE TRAIL HIKE – Meet our Interpretive Staff at the Visitor’s Center to discover the different trees, flowers, and wildlife that come to life when spring is in full swing. 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

3:00 PM – KERNEL OF TRUTH – Corn was a very influential and essential ingredient to people living in the Appalachian Mountains. Find out all the different ways it was used and other innovative machinery used back before the modern day in the Gristmill beside the Visitor’s Center. 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.

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