From music festivals, car races, history, heritage, food and everything in between. Here's your guide.
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Summer in the Park
June 4 - June 9
TUESDAY, JUNE 4
10:00 AM LAKE HOLLOW HIKE – Let’s enjoy the rich discoveries of land and
water life along the Lake Hollow trail. Meet at the main bath house.
3:00 PM TRAVELING TRADERS – From beads to beans, our ancestors
depended on each other for supplies. Come find out about those who
traded goods along the Great Indian War and Trade Path. Then try
trading beads to make bracelets. We’ll supply the beads, you supply the
trading and crafting skills. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel, or main bath
house if it’s raining.
5:00 PM PAW PAW PATROL – Have you heard of Paw Paw trees? Let’s go “way
down yonder to the Paw Paw patch!” We’ll discover more about this
amazing native fruit tree. Join the “Paw Paw Patrol” at the creek trail.
Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
7:00 PM FIELD SWEEP – This green world at our feet is teeming with amazing
life. Help us “sweep up” some field discoveries. Meet at the Open Air
9:00 PM TENNESSEE SEASONS – Enjoy a tour of all four seasons in the hills of
Tennessee. With words and pictures, we will experience the excitement
of year-round discovery. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if
it is raining.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
8:30 AM BREAKFAST WITH THE BIRDS – Come wake up to our feathered
neighbors. Meet at the main bath house to begin a stroll through bird
country! (The first 12 people to come get free doughnut & juice!)
10:00 AM BIRD SCAVENGER HUNT – There are so many different kinds of
birds here at Warrior’s Path! Challenge yourself to find our park’s
feathered friends. Bring your eyes and ears to the Open Air Chapel this
morning to discuss park birds and to get your own park bird checklist.
Find them by the end of the day, then meet back at the Open Air Chapel
at 9:00 PM to get your birding prize! Please be safe while looking for
birds and be sure to stay on the trails.
3:00 PM CAPTIVATING COYOTES – Lets have a howling good time as we
discover more about the “coy” coyote! Find out about coyote life stories
and play a coyote game too. Meet at the Campfire Circle and be sure to
wear bug repellant! If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.
5:00 PM MAGNIFYING GLASS WALK – Use your eyes and some handy little
magnifiers to get a close look at nature’s amazing details. Meet at the main bath
house to begin a short discovery walk.
7:00 PM DUCK ISLAND RUN – Let’s get moving this evening! Bring your legs over to
Duck Island for some running and walking.
9:00 PM SOUNDS OF THE NIGHT – Let’s listen in to the night-time woodlands. Meet
at the Open Air Chapel for an introduction to the amazing world of nocturnal
wildlife. Come early to cheer on all the winners of today’s Birding Scavenger
Hunt. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
9:30 AM SINKING WATERS RIDGE HIKE – Explore succession – the changing face of
nature – on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail. We’ll discover the
woodlands changing all around us! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to
the start of the trail.
11:00 AM WHAT SMELLS? – The nose knows! Nature is full of amazing smells – some
delightful, some disgusting! Let’s follow our noses to nature discovery. Meet at
the main bath house for a short walk.
1:00 PM FLYING “SQUIRRELS” – We DO have flying squirrels in the park forests, but
these “squirrels” are actually frisbees. We’ll use the flying disks to play a game
about flying squirrels and their lunch! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main
bath house if it is raining
3:00 PM LIFE UNDER LOGS – Every corner of this earth is a home – and rotten logs are
some of the best! Help us “dig into” this unique habitat. Meet at the main bath
house, and be ready to get your hands dirty.
5:00 PM EVENING STROLL – Let’s wake up our senses to evening in the forest. Meet at
the main bath house for a short, refreshing hike.
7:00 PM TREE TOOLS – How big is that tree? How old is it? What wildlife could be
hiding in it? Come see and try out some of the tools that foresters use to study
and protect our native trees. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if
it is raining.
9:00 PM FOREST TREES – Take a “hike” from the comfort of your seat. Enjoy a “tour”
of our nearby forest habitats using words and pictures. After the slide show,
we’ll share a demonstration of how to identify our local trees. Meet at the Open
Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
9:30 AM DEVIL’S BACKBONE HIKE -Come hike to the high places, and get some new
views of our park land. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of
an invigorating hike.
1:00 PM FOLK MEDICINE – How did folks deal with their ills before there were
pharmacies or doctors? Our Appalachian region is rich in tradition, including the
tradition of folk medicine. Perhaps you know some traditional medicines or
healing methods passed on to you. We would love to listen and learn! Children
come to listen, and adults come to share your family traditions. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
4:00 PM BIKE RIDE AND STREAM WALK – Come explore life in the muddy places.
That cool creek water sure will feel good after a warm bike ride. Pedal on down
to the camp store, and we’ll ride down to the creek. Be sure to wear old clothes
and shoes – we will get wet and muddy! Note that ALL riders MUST wear a
bicycle helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult!
6:00 PM BUTTER CHURNING – Early settlers had no WalMart or Food City! How did
they get butter for their bread? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to try an old-timey
life skill. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
8:00 PM THE THREE SISTERS – Not my sisters, not your sisters, but these three
sisters were VERY important to the FIRST travelers along the Warriors’ Path.
Meet all three, and learn their story, at the Open Air Chapel (or pool entrance if
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
SPECIAL EVENT TODAY – DRAGONFLY DAY – SEE POSTERS FOR DETAILS
(Pre-registration is required.)
9:30 AM ANIMAL SIGNS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been wandering
through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
11:00 AM TEA TIME – Enjoy an old-timey favorite – Sassafras tea! We’ll also “brew up”
some memories of the old days along the Warriors’ Path. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel (or main bath house if it is raining.)
4:00 PM FERN FUN – Make friends with some of the local ferns and their kin. Meet at
the main bath house.
6:00 PM OLD TIMEY GAMES – Enjoy some good-old fun! Try some games from the
early settlement days of East Tennessee. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main
bath house if it’s raining.
9:00 PM CAMPFIRE – What a perfect combination: A dark night, a crackling fire, and
some local, traditional ghost tales. Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the
main campground. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool
SUNDAY, JUNE 9
9:00 AM WORSHIP SERVICE – Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open
Air Chapel, or at the pool entrance if it is raining. Sponsored by the Colonial
Heights Baptist Church.