2015 Special Events

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This page is dedicated to annual park events. Events are added to our schedule throughout the year and are subject to change. For more information on these or any other events, call 276-865-4413 ext. 3213.

Breaks Park also offers interpretive programming throughout the summer and portions of Spring and Fall. Information about weekly programming provided by our interpretive staff can be found here.

APRIL

3 — RHODODENDRON RESTAURANT opens for spring.

4 — Annual BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY at the Rhododendron Restaurant.

4 — Annual EASTER EGG HUNT at Potter's Knoll. Begins at 11 am.

5 — EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE at Potter's Knoll shelter. Begins at 6 am.

5Special EASTER BUFFET DINNER in the Rhododendron Restaurant.

10 - 12BREAKDOWN ADVENTURE RACE - Information can be found here.

20 - 27CAMPER APPRECIATION WEEK

25 Let's celebrate EARTH DAY & ARBOR DAY with a focus on conservation, protecting our environment, and recycling.

MAY

9 — INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY. Various bird hikes and volunteer opportunities will be available.

10 — Celebrate MOTHER'S DAY at the Rhododendron Restaurant with a special buffet. Mothers receive a discount!

16 — KIDS TO PARKS DAY is devoted to getting kids involved at state parks. Activities and programming to be scheduled.

16TEAM JUNEBUGS COLOR RUN. Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. Registration begins at 8 am;race begins at 9 am.

22 - 24"JUBILEE IN THE BREAKS" Memorial Day Gospel Singing.

JUNE

6NATIONAL TRAILS DAY — Various staff-led and self-guided trail walks will be available.

12 - 13BREAKS OF THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC FEST, part of The Crooked Road's MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING FESTIVAL. For more information, click here.

19 - 21"A GOSPEL MUSIC CELEBRATION IN THE MOUNTAINS" Father's Day Gospel Sing.

19 - 21ECHOES IN THE CANYON Civil War Reenactment and Living History.

20RHODODENDRON RUN 25K - Information can be found here.

27VALLEY GRASS will perform at the amphitheater at 7 pm. No admission charge.

JULY

4INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION — Various outdoor and recreational opportunities TBA. Also, performing at the amphitheater is the Backwoods Bluegrass Boys at 7 pm.

11McClure River Kiwanis CAR SHOW — Registration begins at 8 am.

11SOUTHMOUNTAIN BOYS will perform at the amphitheater at 7 pm. No admission charge.

25THE TOMMY SHORTT BAND will perform at the amphitheater at 7:30 pm. No admission charge.

AUGUST

1RICHARD POTTER DAY

2THE BACKWOODS BLUEGRASS BOYS will perform at the amphitheater at 7 pm. No admission charge.

7 - 9SETTLERS WEEKEND - Demonstrations of the ways of life our the area's first settlers.

SEPTEMBER

5 - 7 — Annual TRI-STATE GOSPEL SING

18 - 19NATURE WEEKEND — Various speakers, hikes, and workshops devoted to the area's natural resources, plants, and wildlife.

OCTOBER

Looking for great fall colors? Our SPECTACULAR FALL FOLIAGE generally peaks in mid-October.


Water is released annually from the John Flannagan Reservoir during the first four weekends in October to create from Class two up to Class six rapids -- WORLD CLASS WHITEWATER -- on the Russell Fork River through Breaks Gorge.

3 GRUNDY AND CLINTWOOD KIWANIS ANNUAL 5K RUN begins at 10 a.m.

10 - 11 — MOLASSES STIR OFF and APPALACHIAN HERITAGE FESTIVAL begins each morning at 7:00 a.m.

17 — PIKE COUNTY EXTENSION'S “HOMEMAKING IN THE MOUNTAINS” annual regional craft event held in the Rhododendron Conference Center.

23 - 24 — HALLOWEEN SPECTACULAR will include a campsite decorating contest, costume contest, campground trick or treat and more.

ELK TOURS

Elk Tours will be held on select dates during April, May, August, September, October, and November. Tickets are $30 each for adults, and $15 for children 12 and under. Seating on the bus is limited, and reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased by calling (276) 865-4413 ext. 3201 or (276) 865-4413 ext. 3213. Tours will be offered on the following dates. All tours are on Saturday unless otherwise noted.

April 11 - 4:30 pm

April 18 - 4:30 pm

April 25 - 4:30 pm


May 2 - 5 pm

May 9 - 5 pm

May 16 - 5 pm


August 22 - 6 pm

August 29 - 6 pm


September 12 - 6 pm

September 18 - 6 pm (Friday)

September 19 - 5:30 pm

September 26 - 5:30 pm


October 3 - 5:30 pm

October 9 - 5:30 pm (Friday)

October 10 - 5:30 pm

October 17 - 5:30 pm

October 24 - 5:30 pm


November 7 - 5 pm

November 14 - 5 pm

November 21 - 5 pm

Though most park events are scheduled from April through October, lodging is open year round. The conference center is also available throughout the year.