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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 11 - July 17
MONDAY, JULY 11
4:00 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.
5:30 PM SPIDER WATCH – Come discover more about our eight-legged
neighbors! These tiny web-spinners have some incredible stories to tell.
Meet at the main bath house.
8:30 PM SUNSET HIKE – Watch the sun go down across the green hills. Drive to
the camp store, and we’ll carpool. This is a short, but rather steep hike.
Bring a flashlight for the walk back down.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
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.
11:00 AM FERN “FRONDLING” – Make friends with some of the local ferns and
their relatives. Meet at the main bath house.
12:30 PM LAKE SHORE ROUNDUP – We can help wildlife, and clean up their
home at the same time! If they could talk, the critters would say
“THANK YOU!!” Meet at the main bath house.
2:00 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 house.
3:00 PM BOAT FLOAT – Are you ready to sail across ponds and puddles? Meet at
the main bath house to build your own bark boat. Then we’ll walk to the
shore and watch them set sail.
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.
7:00 PM MEET THE OWL – Meet a REAL LIVE feathered hunter, and learn his
fascinating life story. 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 caravan to the back country.
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
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 caravan to
the start of the trail.
12:30 PM MAGNIFYING GLASS STROLL – 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.
3:00 PM “WONDERFUL 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 and be prepared to get VERY WET!
5:00 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
7:00 PM TURTLE TALK – Meet a real, live “shelled friend” and find out more about
their amazing lives. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is
9:00 PM DISAPPEARING WILDLIFE – Some of the wild creatures that were once
found here in the park are gone forever. What happened to them? How can we
protect the wildlife we have left? Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some
extinction discovery. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
9:00 AM HIKE THE BONEYARD – Come explore a remote corner of Warriors’ Path, full
of geologic discovery. This will be a challenging 2-3 mile hike, so be sure to wear
comfortable clothes, good hiking shoes, and bring some drinking water. Meet at
the park’s Mountain Bike parking, at the end of Freeman Rd, Blountville TN.
10:30 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.
12 NOON JUNIOR RANGERS: THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF WATER – Do you
know where your water comes from? This activity combines beadwork with a
dice game that allows you to create a beautiful bracelet of where your water has
traveled! Meet at the main bathhouse.
2:00 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.
3:30 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.
5:00 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.
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 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.
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
FRIDAY, JULY 15
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 carpool to the
start of a two hour hike.
10:30 AM ENERGY CYCLES – The turtle shell may be empty, but where’s the turtle?
Discover how energy cycles through all living things on Earth, and how those
that are gone still contribute to the environment. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel,
or main bath house if it’s raining.
12:30 PM FIELD HABITAT WATCH – This green grassy world is full of amazing life.
Help us search for some field discoveries. Meet at the camp store.
1:30 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.
3:00 PM POISON IVY – Don’t let fear of a little itch keep you out of the lovely summer
woods! Learn to be safe around this “sneaky” plant. Meet at the Open Air chapel,
or main bath house if it’s raining.
4:00 PM CRITTER PATHS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been wandering
through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
5:30 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.
7:00 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.
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.) NOTE – there will be a
special NIGHT SOUNDS contest for children after the show.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
9:00 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.
10:00 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.
11:30 AM 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 caravan. Be prepared to get wet!
12:30 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
1:30 PM WASPS & HORNETS – Yes, they do sting if you bother them! But they are
really amazing creatures when you get to know them, from a safe distance…
Let’s get a close, stingless look at these common, important, misunderstood park
critters. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.
3:00 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
4:00 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.
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
8:30 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 pool entrance if it’s raining.
SUNDAY, JULY 17
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