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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 18 - July 24
MONDAY, JULY 18
4:00 PM BIKE HIKE TO THE OVERLOOK -Let’s travel together, on bicycle and
on foot, to search for signs of the people and 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!
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.
9:00 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 pool entrance if it’s raining.
TUESDAY JULY 19
9:30 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 PAW PAW PATROL – Have you heard of Paw Paw trees? Let’s go “way
down yonder to the Paw Paw patch!” Discover more about this amazing
native fruit tree. Join the “Paw Paw Patrol” at the main bath house.
1:00 PM JUNIOR RANGERS: TRAIL CLEANUP – Make our park a cleaner,
healthier environment! You’ll make a big difference for our earth, and
begin to earn your Junior Ranger badge. Meet at the main bath house. Be
prepared to get dirty!
3:00 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.
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 CHARCOAL ART – With a few artistic tools, and a bit of drawing skill,
you can create a beautiful picture of what our park was, and is, and will
be. Meet at the main bath house to create a park masterpiece!
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 LAMP-LIT NIGHT HIKE – Take a “de-light-full” hike through the dark
forest. We’ll light up the trail with old-timey kerosene lanterns, and
discover a “new world” of life after dark. We’ll supply the lanterns, but
children should bring flashlights instead for safety. Meet at the Mountain
Bike Trail parking lot, at the end of Freeman Rd, Blountville TN.
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
WEDNESDAY JULY 20
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 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.
3:00 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.
4:00 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 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.
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.
THURSDAY JULY 21
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!)
9:30 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.
11:00 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.
1:00 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.
3:00 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.
4:30 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.
6:00 PM SEED ART – Come discover all the things you can create from tree seeds! Meet
at the main bath house for some “crafty” fun.
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 NATIVE TREES – Enjoy a photo-illustrated talk on our native “woody
neighbors.” Come meet some of our oldest and best natural friends. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
FRIDAY, JULY 22
9:00 AM HIKE THE WHITETAIL LOOP – Come explore a remote corner of Warriors’
Path, full of wildlife 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 Trail parking lot, at the end of
Freeman Road, Blountville TN.
10:00 AM BIKE RIDE TO SHIPLEY CEMETERY -Long years before this was a park, it
was the Shipley family farm. As we visit their family cemetery, and the green
hills beyond, we can get a better feeling for their land and their lives. 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 NOON 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.
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.
3:30 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 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.
7:00 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.
8:00 PM FIREFLY WATCH – Whether we call them fireflies or lightning bugs,we sure
do enjoy seeing how such a little “bug” can light up the night! Tonight we can
enjoy their “light show” and find out more about their amazing lives. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
9:00 PM DRAGONFLIES – These fascinating insects have some amazing life stories to
tell. Come enjoy a photo-illustrated talk about these “bugs” that zip through the
summer skies. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the pool entrance if it’s raining.
SATURDAY, JULY 23
9:30 AM WETLAND WALK – Wetlands are wet, and full of life! Come along for a soggy
hike near Fall Creek, on the far side of the Devil’s Backbone. We might even
spot a few dragonflies! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
11:00 AM 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 campfire
circle, east end of the campground, and be ready to get your hands dirty.
12:30 PM 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.
1:30 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
3:00 PM SPOTLIGHT HIKE – Let’s shine our light on some bright natural discoveries.
Meet at the camp store to begin a short, sunlit hike
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 TEA TIME – Spicebush has been used for many remedies by those who traveled
on this land. Bring a mug (if you have one) to enjoy some spicebush tea as we
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’s raining.
7:30 PM CORN HUSK DOLLS – 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.
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, JULY 24
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.