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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
August 2 - August 7
TUESDAY AUGUST 2
9:30 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.
1:00 PM 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
4:00 PM BIRDING BY EAR – “Listen in” to the voices of our feathered neighbors.
Bird songs are more than just pretty music! Join us as we enjoy to the
afternoon “bird concert,” and learn to recognize the songs and calls of our
common East Tennessee birds. Bring your ears and your curiosity to the
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.
8:00 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.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3
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 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.
2:00 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.
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NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
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
6:00 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.
8:30 PM A WALK IN YOUR WOODS – Take “hike” in your nearby forest from the
comfort of your seat. Enjoy a photo-illustrated tour of the amazing discoveries
waiting for you in your woodland neighborhood. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or
pool entrance if it is raining.
THURSDAY AUGUST 4
9:00 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 bath house.
10:30 AM BONEYARD ROUNDUP SERVICE PROJECT – YOU can make a difference
for the wildlife habitats at YOUR State Park! Come help us “defeat” an
aggressive invasive exotic shrub along the Boneyard Trail. Bring work gloves
and clippers if you have them. 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).
4:00 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.
5:30 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.
7:00 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.
8:30 PM PLANTS & POLLINATORS – Enjoy a photo-illustrated talk on native
wildflowers, and the “busy bugs” who help them thrive. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 5
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.
11:00 AM OPEN FIELDS – Green summer fields are full of living stories. Come explore
life in Tennessee grasslands. Meet at the Open Air Chapel.
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2:00 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.
4:00 PM NATIVE TREES – Let’s get “up close and personal” with our native “woody
neighbors.” Come meet some of our oldest and best natural friends. Meet at the
Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.
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.
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. (At the main bath house if it’s raining.)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 6
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 carpool to the start of
an invigorating hike.
2:00 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.
5:00 PM WILDLIFE TRACKING – You can be a wildlife detective! Learn to read the
tracks, scats, and other signs of our nearby wild creatures. Come to the Open Air
Chapel so you can have a chance to meet our 4-legged friend and enjoy his
tracking lesson. (In case of rain, meet at the main bath house.)
6:30 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.
8:30 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.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 7
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.