Fall beauty at the Breaks Interstate Park
Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but there are still plenty of enjoyable activities planned during the Fall season at Breaks Park.
The first annual Field Naturalist Weekend is planned for September 21-23, and will feature programming that speaks to all age groups with a focus on several different areas of nature including geology, birding, plants and wildflowers, herpetology, and stream ecology.
Presentations will be held on Black Bears and Fall color change, as well as a talk about medicinal plants and other home remedies from the past.
Additionally, authentic NASA lunar samples will be on display at the Visitor Center for a period of time on Saturday, and a moon observation program will be held that night. Many of the programs will revolve around field trips within the Park, giving participants an interactive nature experience.
Also planned on Saturday, September 22 is the Whitewater Gospel Fest, which will be held from 1 to 5 pm at the park amphitheater. Performances will include The Bowling Family, The Roarks, The Eastridge Boys, Portersong, and Jason Cooper.
As always, the first four weekends in October mean world-class whitewater on the Russell Fork River through Breaks Gorge, with some rapids Class V and greater. Although the park doesn’t offer outfitter services, there are several local and regional organizations who offer guided experiences on the river.
October activities held inside the park begin with the annual Grundy-Clintwood Kiwanis 5K Run on October 6.
On Saturday, October 13th, join Park Historian Carl Mullins on Potter’s Knoll as he boils down sugar cane to make sweet, thick molasses. It’ll start early — around 7 am — and run through the afternoon. During that time, visitors can get some hands-on experience stirring and skimming the pan while they’re there.
Pike County Extension will host their annual event “Homemaking in the Mountains,” in the Rhododendron Lodge on October 20, featuring handiwork and demonstrations from many of our area crafters and artisans. Big Sandy Technical and Community College’s own Big Sandy Singers will also perform that day, although the show time has not yet been set.
Our Halloween Festivities in the campground will be held on October 26-27, with hayrides, a campsite decorating contest, movie night, trick or treating in the campground, and an opportunity to make your own tie-dyed t-shirt.
The Second Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival will be held November 3-4, and will feature a variety of vendors, demonstrations, music and activities related to the many deep-rooted traditions of this region. Portions of the event will be held inside at the Rhododendron Lodge and Conference Center, and others will be held outdoors. Vendors will be on hand to sell authentic handmade Appalachian crafts and heritage items. Others will be demonstrating arts such as quilting and more.
For more information about these or any other events at Breaks Park, call (276)-865-4413 or visit www.BreaksPark.com.