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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 4, 2022 - July 10, 2022
MONDAY, JULY 4 ✰✰✰ Happy Birthday USA ✰✰✰
2:30 PM HOME-MADE ICE CREAM – There’s nothing better on a hot afternoon
than some home-made ice cream! And there’s no better way to work up
an appetite than to turn the crank on an ice-cream freezer! Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.
5:00 PM CAMPGROUND PARADE – Decorate your wagon, your bicycle, your
stroller or even your dog’s leash! Come join us as we begin our “mini-
parade” at the main bath house.
8:30 PM NATURE’S FIREWORKS – Whether we call them fireflies or lightning
bugs, we all enjoy seeing how a little “bug” can light up the night!
Tonight we/ll enjoy their “light show” and discover more about their
amazing lives. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, (pool entrance if it rains}.
TUESDAY, JULY 5
9:00 AM WHITETAIL HIKE – Come investigate some ancient forests, and find
out more about this special habitat. We might even spot some deer “at
home” in their habitat. Meet at the park’s mountain bike trail parking
area (at the end of Freeman Rd, Blountville TN).
11:00 AM 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” along – Meet at the
main bath house.
1:00 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
2:00 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.
3:30 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.
5:00 PM NATURE ART – You’ll be amazed at how creative you can be with
nature’s own “crayons”. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to create your own
natural masterpiece. If it is raining, meet at the main bath house.
6:00 PM TENNESSEE SYMBOLS “JEOPARDY” – Let’s try out this natural
version of the famous game show. Test your skills and see how much you
REALLY know about our state. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main
bath house if it is raining.
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
7:00 PM TAG – You’re it! You’re the one we need to make all these great tag games work.
Meet at the Open Air Chapel for all kinds of tag games. If it is raining, meet at
the main bath house.
9:00 PM NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY – We all love taking pictures – especially on
vacation! And photographs are a perfect way to preserve memories of beautiful
outdoor places. Find out how to use even the simplest camera as a way to
conserve natural memories. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a slide-illustrated
nature photography “lesson.” In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6
9:00 AM NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK – Come practice your camera skills, or just
come to enjoy the natural beauty. Bring your camera if you have one, and meet
at the camp store. We might even have a few extra cameras along, if you’d like to
11:30 AM PLANKTON – For us, the lake is a place to go boating or fishing. But for the
micro-world of plankton, it’s a home. Come help us sample this incredible world
of tiny lives floating in lake water. Meet at the main bath house, and we’ll stroll
on down to the shore.
2:00 PM OPEN FIELDS – Green summer fields are full of living stories. Come explore
life in Tennessee grasslands. Meet at the Open Air Chapel.
4:00 PM 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.
6:30 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.
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.
THURSDAY, JULY 7
9:00 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 caravan to the start of
an invigorating hike.
11:00 AM GEOLOGY HIKE – Enjoy a hike across the rocky landscape, and learn to read
the stories in stones. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, and we’ll walk on over to the
1:00 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.
2:30 PM WEATHER OR NOT – People have always wondered about the weather,
especially what kind of weather is coming. Come share some old-timey weather
folklore, and some modern-day wisdom to help you guess what weather to
expect. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.
4:30 PM TRADITIONAL SEWING CIRCLE – If you’ve every wanted to learn how to
sew by hand, here’s your opportunity. Let’s learn some simple stitching
techniques that were used hundreds of years and still used today. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or the main bath house if it is raining.
6:00 PM 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.
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.
FRIDAY, JULY 8
8:30 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.
9:30 AM RIVERBANK STROLL -This green river valley has seen generations of
travelers. This morning, we’ll travel together, and search for signs of the wildlife
and the people who came before us. Meet at the main campground bath house.
11:30 AM BIKE RIDE AND STREAM STOMP – 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!
2:00 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 SOIL CREATURES – Discover the amazing world of life in the ground at our
feet. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to “dig into” a new world.
5:00 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
6:30 PM SEED ART – Come discover all the things you can create from tree seeds! Meet
at the main bath house for some “crafty” fun.
9:00 PM NIGHT SENSES – Nature is full of sights and sounds and scents! Let’s open our
senses to night discovery. Bring your flashlight to the main bath house to start
our walk through the night.
SATURDAY, JULY 9
9:00 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 caravan to the
start of a two hour hike.
10:00 AM NATURE TRAVELERS – How do trees, plants and animals “hitch a ride” to
new places? Let’s go along for the ride! Meet at the main bath house.
11:00 AM EDIBLE PLANTS RAMBLE – Are they weeds or are they dinner? Learn to
make a salad from lawn plants. Meet at the camp store and let’s walk on down.
1:00 PM MIS-IDENTIFICATION – Come discover the TRUTH about more about some of
our park’s most misunderstood and mis-identified animals. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining
2:00 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.
3:30 PM RECYCLING 101 – We all know that recycling is good for the earth, and good
for us too! Come find out more about some easy ways to keep our park, and our
planet, a green healthy place. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house
if it is raining.
5:00 PM TREE COOKIES – Let’s read a small slice of nature! The inside of a tree holds
many clues to the outside of the land! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath
house if it is raining.
6:00 PM 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.
7:30 PM APPALACHIAN “ENGLISHES” – Ever wonder where an accent comes from?
Well, wander on down to the Open Air Chapel to find out how our landscape
changes the way we speak. (In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance).
9:00 PM HUG-A-TREE AND SURVIVE – Do you know how to keep yourself and your
children safe in the woods? Enjoy this special slide program on how to keep from
getting lost, and how to keep safe if you are lost in the woods. Meet at the Open
Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
SUNDAY, JULY 10
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: Please remember that fireworks,
firecrackers, etc. are not permitted in Tennessee
State Parks. Thank you for helping to keep it a safe
July 4th celebration!
In case of emergencies, please call 911,
then contact the Park Ranger on duty at 423-765-5534