Photo (above) courtesy of Chuck Summers
The Grand Canyon of the South – Breaks Interstate Park
Conveniently located around 35 minutes from Pikeville City on the Kentucky/Virginia state line, the Breaks Interstate Park is lovingly known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”. Like many beautiful locales within Pike County, Breaks Interstate Park provides visitors with an outdoor adventure and first hand nature experience that they will never forget. At the center of this marvelous locale resides a 250 million year old, 1600 feet deep canyon that is the largest canyon east of the Mississippi, which contains more than 13 miles of hiking trials. Each hiking trail typically is no more than 1 mile long, but by being interconnected, provides a much longer route to challenge more experienced hikers. Trail maps are conveniently available at the Visitor Center.
Featuring a thriving wildlife habitat, vibrant gardens of Catawba Rhododendron and other rare flora, beautifully flowing streams and majestic mountains, Breaks Interstate Park is the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers and hikers. While there, make sure to stop by the museum, which contains exhibits on wildlife and plants that will be sure to inspire your curiosity.
For those of you who enjoy a day out on the water, visit the Breaks Interstate Park’s Laurel Lake, a 12 acre stretch of clear blue water, or the 2 acre Beaver Pond, both stocked to the gills with a flourishing population of bass and bluegill. Rent a pedal boat and take your family out on the lake for a day of relaxation and fun or go swimming at the pool. There is a wealth of things to see and do at the Breaks Interstate Park, so while visiting Pike County, make sure you pay nature a visit!
Licenses are required for fishing at the Breaks Interstate Park. Temporary licenses can be obtained at the park Visitor Center.
From February to November, Breaks Interstate Park hosts a variety of special entertainment drawn from our rich Appalachian culture. Each season brings a different and unforgettable experience, from fall foliage to special concerts and dinners. Equipped with a wonderful amphitheater, the Breaks Interstate Park is not only a top notch nature destination, but a place for unforgettable live entertainment and to enjoy company.
What the Breaks Offers
Breaks Interstate Park is one of Eastern Kentucky’s most featured outdoor destinations, with a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages and skill levels. Below is a list of outdoor activities that the Beaks offers.
- Hiking Trails
- Canyon Rim Ziplines
- Biking (Mountain Bike Trail) & Rentals
- Rock Climbing
- Horseback Riding
- Pedal Boats/Canoes
- Whitewater Rafting
Where to Find Breaks Interstate Park
627 Commission Cir.
Breaks, VA 24607
Phone: (276) 865-4413
Visit the Breaks Park website