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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
June 27 - July 3
MONDAY, JUNE 27
3:00 PM HEALTHY WATERS – Be a water scientist! Healthy water is essential
for us, and for all the living things in and around it! Meet at the camp
store and we’ll caravan to the creek to test water quality. Be prepared to
get a little wet!
6:00 PM WEAVING – Learn the ancient art of turning fiber into cloth. Meet at
the Open Air Chapel and see how creative you can be! In case of rain,
meet at the main bath house.
9:00 PM STAR GAZING – There’s a universe waiting to be discovered just above
our heads. Let’s look up and wonder at the stars. Meet at the campfire
circle, east end of the main campground. In case of rain, meet at the pool
entrance for some night sky legends.
TUESDAY, JUNE 28
9:00 AM THE LONG HUNT – What was life like for the FIRST travelers along
the Warriors’ Path? Come see how difficult it was for the Native Peoples
to hunt for food. Meet at the camp store.
10:30 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
3:00 PM “EXOTIC” JEWELRY – Make your own bracelet or necklace, while also
helping control invasive, exotic plants that try to take over our homes
and gardens! Bring your creativity to the main bathhouse.
5:00 PM 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.
6:00 PM MYSTERY BAG – Try your hand at discovering some natural textures.
See if you can guess which natural object is which. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or the main bath house if it is raining.
7:00 PM BIRDS OF PREY – Meet some real live feathered hunters. 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 NIGHT HIKE TO SINKING WATERS – It’s a whole different world out
there at night! Tonight is our chance to discover the peace and the
excitement of a night in the Sinking Waters wetland. Bring a dim
flashlight and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool out to the park back
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29
9:30 AM WAKE UP WALK – Let’s wake up our senses to morning in the forest. Meet at
the main bath house for a refreshing morning walk.
11:30 AM NOISY TOYS – How did the pioneer children make music or noise? Make your
very own “musical” instrument with a few simple things from nature. Meet at
the Open Air Chapel to create some “beautiful music.” In case of rain, meet at
the main bath house.
2:00 PM GEOLOGY ROCKS! – Come discover more about the amazing rocks beneath
our feet. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.
4:00 PM “WACKY WET WEDNESDAY” – Let’s enjoy some kid-friendly water play and
learning activities. You might even get to soak the Park Ranger. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel – be prepared to get VERY WET!
6:00 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.
8:00 PM MIS-IDENTIFICATION – Come discover the TRUTH about more about some of
our park’s most misunderstood and misidentified animals. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining
THURSDAY, JUNE 30
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!)
10:30 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.
12:30 PM CORN HUSK DOLLS – Early settlers along the Warriors’ Path couldn’t afford
to waste anything! Even old corn husks could become a toy. Meet at the Open
Air Chapel to try this old-timey craft. (At the main bath house if it’s raining.
2:00 PM 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.
3:00 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 OPEN FIELDS – Green summer fields are full of living stories. Come explore
life in Tennessee grasslands. Meet at the Open Air Chapel.
6:00 PM SKULLS – NATURE’S TOOL BOX – Every animal carries all the tools it needs
for survival! 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.
7:00 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.
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. After the slide show, one of our “Wildlife Ambassadors” will
share a lesson on Wildlife Tracking and reading “Critter Signs.” Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
FRIDAY, JULY 1
9:00 AM HIKE THE FAWN LOOP TRAIL – A trail designed for mountain bike
beginners is also a great place to begin to discover forest habitats! Meet at the
Mountain Bike parking lot to begin an easy woodland hike.
10:30 AM BIKE HIKE TO THE OVERLOOK -Let’s travel together, on bicycle and on
foot, to search for signs of the people and the wildlife that have traveled here.
Pedal on down to the camp store. Note that ALL riders MUST wear a bicycle
helmet. Children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult!
12:30 PM GRAND-DADDY WHO? – Granddaddy Long Legs may be creepy crawlers, but
they are also an important part of the forest community. Come take a short hike
to search for our little grand-daddies, and to discover more about these
misunderstood leggy neighbors. Meet at the camp store.
1:30 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
2:00 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.
3:00 PM CLAY PLAY – Come join us for fun and games with the help of nature’s craziest
soils. Be ready to get messy and muddy! Meet at the main bath house.
5:00 PM TRASH CREATURES – Here’s a new way to recycle! We can take the junk that
makes our park look ugly, and create our own “animals”. Pick up some trash on
your way to the Open Air Chapel, or the main bath house if it’s raining.
6:00 PM EARTHBALL GAMES – Let’s have a ball – a six foot tall ball!! Meet at the
Open Air Chapel for some lively, cooperative games. If it rains, we’ll have some
smaller ball games at the main bath house.
7:30 PM LIVING DOWNSTREAM – We are all downstream of the earth’s resources.
Let’s “build” a small community along a “river” and find out how we impact the
world downstream of us. Wander on down to the main bath house, and bring
along your ideas for your dream house or business.
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
SATURDAY, JULY 2
9:00 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 FERN “FRONDLING” – Make friends with some of the local ferns and their
relatives. Meet at the main bath house.
2:00 PM CRITTER PATHS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been wandering
through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
3:00 PM LEAF ART – Explore the artistic side of nature as we make leaf rubbings and
decorate frames for our artwork! Meet at the main bath house. We’ll supply the
materials, you supply the creative fingers.
4:00 PM SEED RACES – Wind, water, and animals carry seeds of new trees and plants
all across the land. Our “wind” can help too! Meet at the Open Air Chapel to
show off your “hot air” and plant some new life. Meet at the main bath house if it
5:00 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.
6:00 PM WOOD COOKIES – Peek inside a tree and you’ll find nature and history. Come
decorate a wood “cookie” and take home a natural memory from Warriors Path.
Bring your artistic skills to the main bathhouse.
7:00 PM EVENING LAKE SHORE – It’s almost bed time on the Lake Shore Trail! Meet
at the main bathhouse to enjoy a peaceful evening in the shoreline woods.
9:00 PM SPIDERS – Enjoy a slide-illustrated journey through spider country. Get a close
look at these amazing creatures, from the comfort of your seat. Meet at the Open
Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.
SUNDAY, JULY 3
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.
In case of emergency, please call 911,
then contact the Park Ranger on duty at 423-765-5534