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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
June 6 - June 12
MONDAY, JUNE 6
5:00 PM TRADITIONAL BASKETS – We use bags to carry our goods from the
store, but our Appalachian ancestors used baskets! Take a peek at some
old-time baskets, then make your own basket to keep! We’ll make ours
out of invasive honeysuckle, so we can help clear the forest of some non-
native plant pests, and make some great little baskets at the same time.
Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
7:30 PM SUNSET HIKE – Watch the sun go down across the green hills. This is
a short, but rather steep hike. Bring a flashlight for the walk back down.
Meet at the park’s Mountain Bike Trail parking lot.
TUESDAY, JUNE 7
9:00 AM WAKE UP LAKE SHORE – It’s wake-up time on the Lake Shore Trail!
Meet at the main bathhouse for a refreshing morning stroll.
11:00 AM FLYWAYS & BYWAYS – Meet at the Open Air Chapel to discover more
about the creatures that WING their way through the Warriors’ Path.
In case of rain, meet at the main bath house
2:30 PM MUD ART – Let’s have a messy, slimy good time! You’ll be amazed at
how creative you can be with nature’s own “fingerpaints”. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel to create your own natural masterpiece. If it is raining,
meet at the main bath house.
4:30 PM MICRO-PARKS – Here’s your chance to plan and share your own
nature park. You might even get “paid” by your “customers”! Bring your
best park managing skills to the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if
it is raining
6:00 PM MEET THE OWL – Meet a real live feathered hunter. Come to the
Open Air Chapel and see “whooo…” is waiting for you. If it is raining,
meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM TENNESSEE WILD & SCENIC – Enjoy a slide-illustrated tour of
Tennessee’s wild, scenic places and the special values they hold. After
the slide show, well have a demonstration (with the help of a small
native animal) of how to read wildlife signs. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
9:00 AM HIKE TO CHILDRESS TOWN – A vigorous hike over the high ridges will
bring us to the ruins of the first settlement in the park. This will be a three to
four hour hike, so wear good walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Drive to the
camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of the trail.
2:00 PM MAGNIFYING GLASS HIKE – 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.
4:00 PM “WONDERFUL WACKY WET WEDNESDAY” – Let’s enjoy some kid-friendly
water play and learning activities. Meet at the Open Air Chapel and be prepared
to get VERY WET!
6:00 PM NATURE GAMES – Don’t miss the natural fun – for the young or the young-at-
heart! Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively games about our natural
world. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
8:00 PM MEET THE SNAKES – They’re not the fearsome creatures you’ve been led to
believe! Come out and learn the facts about these interesting and helpful
animals. Meet at the Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the main bath
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
9:30 AM “ALIENS” AMONG US – Not creatures from Mars, but non-native plants and
animals. Come find out how these “invaders” traveled here, and how they affect
our native species. Meet at the main bath house for a short hike.
11:00 AM PEOPLE TRACKS – Every living thing changes the land it lives on How have
we people changed the park land? Meet at the Open Air chapel to begin a short
hike, as we “track down” signs of the many folks who have touched this land.
2:30 PM ANIMAL CHARADES – Explore your wild side and show off your acting skills
with a fun game of animal charades! See if you can walk, talk, and squawk like
the animals here in the park. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or the main bath
house if it’s raining.
4:00 PM CORN HUSK CRAFTS – The early settlers along the Warriors’ Path couldn’t
afford to waste anything! Even old corn husks could become a doll or toy. Meet
at the Open Air Chapel to try this old-timey craft. If it’s raining, meet at the
main bath house.
6:00 PM SKULLS – NATURE’S TOOL BOX – Every animal carries along all the tools it
needs for survival! Come investigate some natural “tool boxes,” and find out
more about each animal’s job! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house
if it is raining.
9:00 PM NIGHT SOUNDS – Nature is full of sounds when the sun goes down! Some
seem eerie, but there’s no need to be nervous. Come find out whose noise is
whose. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a short slide show of the creatures who
“talk” in the night! (At the pool entrance if it is raining.)
FRIDAY, JUNE 10
9:00 AM HIKE THE “DARWIN’S REVENGE” TRAIL – It may have a very strange
name, but it is an awesome trail! Come spend several hours in one of the most
beautiful and wildest parts of the park. Be sure to wear good walking shoes,
comfortable clothes, and bring some drinking water. Meet at the park’s
Mountain Bike Trail parking lot (at the end of Freeman Road, Blountville TN)
11:00 AM NATURE JOURNAL – Come create your own little “nature diary.” Your home-
made book will be a perfect way to remember all your nature fun in the park!
Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the main bath house if it is raining.
2:00 PM JOURNALING – Bring your new nature journal (or a notepad) and let’s begin a
short walk. You will surely find something exciting to record! Meet at the main
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 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 TENNESSEE TALES – Enjoy new insights into Tennessee Folklife as we share
some good-old traditional tall tales. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool
entrance if it rains.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11
9:30 AM FALL CREEK LOOP TRAIL -Let’s hike the park’s most scenic trail! Enjoy
beautiful vistas of the summer fields, as we search for signs of the unique
habitats in the open country. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the
start of a two hour hike.
11:00 AM THE LOST TRACK – Our park is tied to history through the rails! Let’s hike
the old railroad grade, and hear the stories of these old railroaders’ lives. Meet
at the camp store.
2:30 PM CREEK WALK – Get on your old clothes and tennis shoes. It’s time to explore
the cool, clear creek waters. We’ll discover a world of amazing life. Drive to the
camp store, and we’ll carpool. Be prepared to get wet!
5:00 PM 100 INCH HIKE – Especially for small, tired feet! Discover life on the tiny side.
This will also be a great chance to catch a critter for the races! Meet at the main
5:30 PM CRITTER RACE FOR FREEDOM – Bring your best creepy crawler to the
main bath house. They’ll all win, because they’ll all get their freedom. No pets or
flying creatures please.
6:00 PM WEB OF LIFE – Every living thing is part of the web! Help us get really “tied
up” in our work as we build our own living web. You’ll see natural places like
you’ve never seen them before! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house
if it is raining.
9:00 PM CAMPFIRE MUSIC – Campfires are great, and music makes them even better!
Meet at the campfire circle for some musical fun around the bright fire. We’ll
discover more about the region’s musical history while we try out some
traditional songs. Please DO bring along your musical instrument (if you have
one)! In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12
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.
SPECIAL NOTE: We work hard to make our programs both safe and fun!
However, as with any outdoor activity, there is always a risk of personal
discomfort or even personal injury. Please use your common sense and care
whenever you enjoy activities in the Great Tennessee Outdoors.