Covid-19 Update

Last Updated: March 20, 2020

The Breaks Interstate Park is open, and being outdoors in nature is a great way to get much-needed fresh air and exercise. All overnight reservations ( including lodge rooms, cabins, cottages, campgrounds and yurts) are CLOSED until at least April 30Rhododendron Restaurant, Visitors’ Center are closed at this time until at least May 1.

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.

We are open

Important Update: In adherence with federal guidance, all Virginia State Parks visitor centers are closed to the public. Overnight facilities are closed but outdoor spaces remain open and a great alternative for social distancing in a natural environment. Groups or gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. 

We are taking the recommended precautions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to maintain clean and sanitary indoor public spaces (gift shop, restrooms, etc.) and will have hand sanitizer available at heavily trafficked areas. It is important to remember, however, that any public facility is only as clean as the last person who touched it. Therefore, a good portion of your safety relies on you. You should also be aware that our sanitizing and disinfection protocols do not include outdoor surfaces, play equipment or picnic tables.

Parking Fees

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 through April 15 as well as any event of 10 or more people that is scheduled through May 1.

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.

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

Shelters and Outdoor Venues

Effective through May 1, all picnic shelter, amphitheater and other outdoor facility rentals will be canceled. Those facilities will be available to the public without reservation on a first come-first served basis. Per CDC guidance and 4VAC5-30-90 all groups and gatherings exceeding 10 people are prohibited.

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: March 20, 2020 .

For all reservations, overnight and day use, scheduled to start before April 20:

  • 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 April 20:

  • At this time, transfers and cancellations for reservations starting after April 20 will incur normal cancellation fees and the normal transfer policies will apply.

Any private event occurring between now and April 15, 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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