Covid-19 Update

Facility Update (July 22, 2020)

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.

    **When visiting indoor facilities, guests are asked to wear a mask, unless medical conditions or age prohibit safely wearing the masks.***

    • Campground
    • Lodge Rooms, Cabins, Cottages
    • Picnic Shelters and the Conference Center
      • The shelters are now open. We are not accepting reservations, they are first come first serve.
      • The conference center is open.
    • Playgrounds.
      • Playgrounds are now open and accessible to park guests.
      • Please follow social distancing protocols.
    • Trails, Overlooks, Lake, other outdoor areas
      • All trails and overlooks are currently open.
      • Laurel Lake, Beaver Pond, and all river access areas are open.
      • Unguided rock climbing remains open.
    • Waterpark and Adventure Activities
      • Due to staffing and training obstacles and limitations on large gatherings, the waterpark will not open during the 2020 season
      • Watercraft Rentals are open.
      • Horse Back Riding activities are open.
      • Adventure Activities including the zip-line, guided rock climbing, guided canoe trips, etc., will not reopen for the 2020 summer season.
      • Elk tours will reopen in Fall.
    • Front Desk, Campground Store, Visitor Center
      • The front desk is currently open. Guest can call 276-865-4413, ext. 0 to make reservations.
      • Campground Store is open.
      • Visitor Center is open.
    • Rhododendron Restaurant
      • The restaurant is open with limited seating, open air outdoor dining, and carry out orders.
      • The number to place an order is 276-865-4413, ext. 4
      • The buffet will not be offered at this time. We are offering family dinner options that will be delivered to your table and will include many of our popular buffet items. Decision to open the buffet in the future 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.

Additional Information

Parking Fees

A parking attendant is now in place and parking fees are $2 daily. Please try to bring exact change to limit hand to hand interactions.

Programs and Events

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.

Programing and guided events will not be open at this time. We are hoping to reopen these during Phase III. We are working on virtual education programs.

Self-guided Programs

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!

Hiking/Biking

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.

Birding

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.

Geocaching

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

Reservations

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: June 5, 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.

Resources

Looking for more information about the corona virus? Here are a few resources to help:

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