Activities & Recreation
NOTICE: Gift Cards are currently unavailable for purchase online. For gift certificates, please contact the business office at (276) 865-4413 ext. 3206. Thank you.
More than 25 miles of hiking trails lace the park, 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. Maps with descriptions of each trail are available at the Visitor Center. Trail names give clues to the outstanding physical features of each: Cold Spring, Geological, Grassy Creek, Grassy Overlook, Lake, Loop, Overlook, Prospectors’ Ridge, River, Towers, and Tower Tunnel. Both the Ridge and Geological trails are self-guided, with booklets available at the Visitor Center that detail points and notes of interest. But if you would prefer, guided hikes are scheduled throughout the summer. Additionally, if you call ahead, our Visitor Center staff will be happy to plan a guided hike to meet your family’s or group’s schedule.
Elevations measured many years ago show heights varying from 870 feet at the Russell Fork River in the canyon bottom to 1,978 feet at Clinchfield Overlook (where the Overlook Trail begins.) The advent of modern GPS units shows the elevations to be higher. Surfaces are hard-packed dirt and rock, and are well maintained with steps and handrails where needed. All are marked with colored blazes, with no intersecting trails having the same color. Cautions: Pets must be leashed and we ask that visitors stay away from exposed overlooks during thunderstorms. Bicycles are permitted only on the Mountain Bike Trail.
The extraordinary range and variety of trails offered the hiker in our park is significant. Below we offer detail on each to help you choose your path. And enjoy every step!
Click here for trail descriptions.
Biking (Mountain Bike Trail) & Rentals
The Mountain Bike Trail offers breathtaking scenery. The trail is a stack loop trail system offering up to nearly 12 miles of riding, from moderate to difficult. Depending on the route chosen, bikers may plan rides of varying length, with the possibilities of good climbs and long downhill runs. Positive reviews for this trail are posted regularly on the websites for hiking enthusiasts.
If you’d like to try out our Mountain Bike Trail or simply want to ride around the park but don’t have a bike, no worries! You can rent either a regular mountain bike or an e-bike for a half day (4 hours) or for a full day (8 hours). * If adventure office is closed, go by the front desk.*
1/2 Day (11 am to 3 pm or 3 pm to 7 pm): E-bike – $35; Regular – $25
Full Day (10 am to 7 pm): Regular – $40; E-Bike – Not available for full day rentals
Hours of Operation:
* If adventure office is closed, go by the front desk to rent bikes.*
April 3 – April 30
May 1 – May 31
June 1 – July 31
August 1 – September 7
September 8 – October 31
November 1 – November 30
The stables are back!
For the 2021 season, the park has partnered with private concessionaires to help fulfill our guests’ equestrian dreams!
Hours of Operation:
Closed Mondays except for holiday weekends
Closed on rainy days due to slick trail conditions
Cash only-first come, first served
1 person per horse
220 pound weight limit
Lead Line Pony rides are available for children 8 & under.
Trail rides are available for guests 8 years of age and older. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Guests under 18 are also required to wear a helmet (provided by the park). Weight limit 220lbs.
30 minutes, $35
60 minutes, $65
No reservations currently required, both activities are cash only. For questions, please contact the concessionaire directly at
The 21st Century’s high-tech hide and seek!
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game for adventure-seekers of all ages. Using a GPS device, participants hide and seek small containers called caches, or “geocaches” and often post their experiences online. There are currently more than 60 geocaches hidden in and around the Breaks Park area.
GPS devices and maps with Geocache coordinates are available at the Visitor’s Center.
On the wing, in the soft and sometimes tempestuous air. Nested in the sheltering canopy of the Appalachians. What do you see and what might you hear? With a two-note shriek, or more muted and varied cry, our feathered friends also reign here.
As a part of the Virginia Birding and wildlife trail, Breaks Interstate Park is home to a wide variety of birds. Some of those include the Swainson’s Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Yellow Rumped Warbler, Turkey Vulture, Red Tail Hawk and Osprey.
In 2007, Peregrine Falcons were released into the park as the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries reintroduced the species into Southwest Virginia and Southeast Kentucky. These birds had been wiped out in the Eastern United States due to the use of pesticides and chemicals such as DDT in the 1940’s and 50’s. Until the reintroduction effort, the last documented sighting in the state of Virginia was at The Towers in Breaks Park. In April 2011, a pair of Peregrine Falcons were again spotted at Towers Overlook offering hope that members of the species has returned to its historical nesting spot.
Each winter the park participates in the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. The information collected is reported to the Audubon Society, where it is used to determine increases or declines in area species. We welcome public participation in this event. Should you wish to join us, more information is available by contacting the park Visitor Center.
A checklist detailing the different species found here, as well as our ongoing Recent Sighting List are available at the Visitor Center.
Download our Birding Checklist Brochure here.
Pedal boats, hydro bikes, kayaks and canoes are available seasonally for rental by the hour or half hour on beautiful Laurel Lake. Daily rentals are available for kayaks (allowing visitors to also use them on the nearby Flannagan Dam). They are not permitted on river waters. Visitors may use these boats as a means to explore, or for fishing. Photo ID is required for day long rentals.
Life jackets are available (and required to be worn) for each person on a water vessel.
Our boat dock hours of operation are as follows:
May 2 – May 31
June 1 – August 2
August 3 – September 20
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am to 7pm
September 21 – October 25
Wednesday – Sunday: 11am to 7pm
After October 25, pedal boats are closed for the remainder of the year.
Rental Fees are:
$30/8 hours (requires advanced booking)
Pedal Boats are not available for full day rentals.
Laurel Lake, Beaver Pond, and the Russell Fork River offer a variety of fishing experiences, and the promise of a good catch. Laurel Lake, a twelve-acre man-made lake, and our two-acre Beaver Pond are stocked with bluegill and bass. The Russell Fork River is stocked with Rainbow Trout by Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries officials.
Fishing licenses are required. Virginia and Kentucky licenses are accepted at Laurel Lake and The Beaver Pond. However, appropriate state licenses are required fishing on the Russel Fork River.
**If you do not have a fishing license, our gift shop desk attendants will assist you in logging into the Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries to apply for a license. This will require a card payment, cash cannot be accepted as you are completed the application online.