Facility Update (May 11, 2019)
To our friends:
The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed all of us into uncharted territory and has made it difficult to be proactive in our plans. Even during the peak of the necessary restrictions, we have endeavored to keep the park’s outdoor areas open for our local residents, because we believe that time spent in the outdoors is vitally important to our mental and physical well being. We are now on the brink of Phase I of reopening, and are starting to receive many questions about what this season will look like at the park. As such, we wanted to share the following information about what is currently known regarding our operations:
- Phased Reopening/Website
- Park will be following a 3-phase reopening plan as recommended by state and federal authorities
- Facilities will be reopened according to guidance issued by state authorities the federal government’s, Reopening America Plan https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/
- Information on phases can be found by clicking the link above
- Every effort will be made to keep the website updated with accurate operating hours and information for each facility. For now, we encourage guests to watch our COVID-19 page for the most recent updates.
- Reservations can currently be made online at https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/breaks-interstate-park/VA/142650/overview.
- Campground will reopen for new arrivals beginning on May 15th.
- Playgrounds will remain closed until Phase II (Late May to Mid-June) due to restrictions on groups of 10 people
- Campground store will reopen on May 22nd. Camp Host can sell Ice and Wood until campground store reopens.
- Lodge Rooms, Cabins, Cottages
- Will reopen for reservations on May 22nd.
- Hot tubs will not be available in cabins due to staffing and safety issues
- Enhanced cleaning measures in place, early check-ins will not be permitted due to extended amount of time required to clean
- Picnic Shelters, Playgrounds, and Conference Center
- Will remain closed until Phase II (Late May to Mid-June)
- Events likely to be limited to 50 people until Phase III (Mid-June to Early July)
- Trails, Overlooks, Lake, other outdoor areas
- All trails and overlooks are currently open with the exception of the River Trail, Grassy Creek Trail, and the lower section of Laurel Branch
- All trail closures will be lifted on May 15th.
- Laurel Lake, Beaver Pond, and all river access areas are currently open
- Unguided rock climbing remains open
- Waterpark, Paddle Boats/Adventure Activities
- Due to staffing and training issues and limitations on large gatherings, the waterpark will not open during the 2020 season
- Watercraft Rentals will reopen on May 22nd (Paddle Boats, Canoes, Kayaks)
- Adventure Activities including the zipline, guided rock climbing, horseback riding, canoe trips, etc., will not reopen until Phase II (Late May to Mid-June)
- Elk tours to reopen in Fall
- Front Desk, Campground Store, Visitor Center
- Front Desk will reopen on May 17th. Guest can resume calling 276-865-4413, ext. 0 to make reservations on the 17th.
- Campground Store will reopen on May 22nd
- Visitor Center will reopen during Phase II (Late May to Mid-June)
- Rhododendron Restaurant
- Restaurant will reopen for takeout only on May 22nd and will reopen with limited seating during Phase II (Late May to Mid-June)
- Number to place an order is 276-865-4413, ext. 3204
- Buffet will not be offered until at least Phase III and may not be offered at all this season. Decision will hinge on safety of staff and guests
As always, we have the safety and well-being of our visitors and staff in mind. We continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19, and this page will be updated as needed when new information becomes available.
While we encourage park visits, we do ask that if you are sick and/or experiencing symptoms consistent with the COVID-19 infection that you please refrain from visiting. Guests are also encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines during all visits by keeping a distance of 6 feet or more between you and other guests.
If contact stations are not staffed, which is typical at this point in the season, self-pay is available, and we recommend you bring cash or check for the daily parking fees.
Programs and Events
All in person programs and events are canceled during Phase I, as well as any event of 10 or more people that is scheduled.
In order to comply with CDC recommendations on social distancing, The Breaks Interstate Park staff will not provide shuttle service for recreation activities. If you intend to participate in activities that have different starting and ending locations, you will want to prepare to have transportation available at your start and end points.
The Breaks Interstate Park is trying to do its part to limit the spread of Covid-19. With that being said, we have many options available that will allow our guests to maintain social distance while still being able to enjoy and learn in nature!
The park has more than 20 miles of hiking and biking trails available that are still open. Varying from easy to difficult, most are less than one mile long, but interconnected trails offer the more ambitious hiker a good choice of routes over varying terrain. You can download the Park Map here. Download our Park Trail Map here, and click here for trail descriptions.
You can also take yourself on a self-guided hike on our Geological and Ridge trail. Download Ridge/Geological Trail Interpretive Guide Here.
While you are out enjoying the trails or overlooks don’t forget your birding check list to see what species you can find/hear in the park. Download our Birding Checklist Brochure Here.
The 21st Century’s high-tech hide and seek is a great activity that can be done by oneself! Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game for adventure-Using a GPS device, there are applications you can download right on your phone, participants hide and seek small containers called caches. There are currently more than 60 geocaches hidden in and around the Breaks Park area. With that being said, things are only as clean as the last person who touches them. With any activity that involves others handling something you will be touching, be sure to bring hand sanitizers along for your trip.
To learn more about geocaching go here.
Android geocaching app: Geocaching by groundspeak
I-phone geocaching app: Cachly
If you have concerns or questions about your upcoming reservation, please call our Reservation desk at (276)865-4413. Please be sure to call before your reservation is scheduled to start.
Transfer and Cancellation Policy
Last Updated: March 20, 2020 .
For all reservations, overnight and day use, scheduled to start on or before June 10:
- Reservations may be canceled and refunded less the $5 transaction fee up until midnight before the scheduled arrival date.
- Reservations may be transferred to a different date or park up until midnight before the scheduled arrival date.
For all reservations, overnight and day use, scheduled to start after June 10:
- At this time, transfers and cancellations for reservations starting after June 10 will incur normal cancellation fees and the normal transfer policies will apply.
Any private event occurring between now and June 10, and estimating more than 10 people in attendance, must be canceled per the Governor’s guidance. A full refund will be provided.
What You Can Do
Keep in mind that you are recreating in a public facility. While we are making increased efforts toward sanitation, each surface is only as clean as the last person who touched it. Therefore, you should take steps to protect your health by following these guidelines provided by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
- Avoid touching your face.
- If you’re sick with any ailment, stay home. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- When in public, maintain a social distance of at least six feet.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, use your elbow.
- Clean surfaces you touch regularly.
Looking for more information about the corona virus? Here are a few resources to help: