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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 17 - July 23
MONDAY, JULY 17
2:00 PM LITTER BUGS – Meet at the Open Air Chapel and we’ll see what
strange creatures we can create out of garbage. Bring at least 5 pieces of
trash that you find along the way. (At the main bath house if it rains).
4:00 PM WEAR IT AWAY – Did you know that some of our park land is
disappearing? Come help us search for the amazing vanishing landscape.
Meet at the camp store.
7:00 PM SUSTAINABILITY 101 – We all know recycling and conserving
resources is good for the Earth, and good for us too! Come find out more
about sustainability – easy ways to keep our park, and our planet, a green
healthy place. Meet at the Open Air Chapel (main bath house if it’s
9:00 PM LONG-LOST SPECIES – A surprising number of animals and plants
have faded away, and are now only part of Tennessee’s history. Come
discover the bittersweet story of extinction in our region. Enjoy a slide-
illustrated talk on some “ghosts from the past,” at the Open Air Chapel, or
pool entrance if it is raining.
TUESDAY JULY 18
9:00 AM HIKE THE “WAHOO” TRAIL – Enjoy about 4 miles of strenuous hiking
along an awesome trail! Come spend several hours in a beautiful and wild
part of the park. Be sure to wear good walking shoes, comfortable clothes,
and bring some drinking water. Meet at the Mountain Bike Trail parking
area (at the end of Freeman Road, Blountville TN).
10:30 AM DUCK ISLAND BIKE RIDE – Meet at the camp store and we’ll pedal on
down to Duck Island! See what the lake is like now, and find out about
the river it used to be. Note that ALL riders MUST wear a bicycle helmet!
Children 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult!
1:00 PM RIVERBANK STROLL -This green river valley has seen generations of
travelers. This afternoon 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 for a shady green walk.
3:00 PM MAKE A FISH – You won’t need bait or a hook, just your imagination
and a little “fishy knowledge!” Meet at the Open Air Chapel to create your
own watery friend. In case of rain, meet at the main bath house.
4:00 PM COOL DOWN LAKE WALK – Let’s dabble our toes in the water and
enjoy all the “cool” discoveries. Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
5:00 PM STREAMWORKS – Let’s be “environmental detectives!” We’ll get “up close and
personal” with creek water and microplastics. Be prepared to get wet! Meet at
the Marina parking area.
6:00 PM RECYCLING NATURE – Our earth is designed for recycling! Come experience
some natural cycles along the Lake Hollow Trail. Meet at the camp store.
7:00 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.
9:00 PM WILDLIFE TRACKING – You can be a wildlife detective! Learn to read the
tracks, scats, and other signs of our nearby wild creatures. Meet one of our
“wildlife ambassadors” at the Open Air Chapel and enjoy his tracking lesson. (In
case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.)
WEDNESDAY JULY 19
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.
11:00 AM BUILD A BUG – They’re more than just creepy crawlers. Take a closer look –
insects have some amazing colors and patterns! Let’s use insects as “living
models” for our art. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is
12 NOON 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 carpool. Be prepared to get wet!
1:30 PM WHAT’S A PATH? – There are so many paths, and so many kinds of paths,
here at Warrior’s Path!! Meet at the Open-Air Chapel to find out WHY it’s called
“Warriors’ Path,” and to discuss the many paths you can discover here. (In case
of rain, meet at the main bath house.)
2:30 PM INSECT WALK – Don’t let them “bug” you! Instead have some fun discovering
more about insects. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the main bath house if it is
4:00 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!
5:30 PM A NUTTY FRUITY HIKE – No, we’re not “nuts,” we’re just trying to find some
wildlife food. Meet at the main bath house to search for some ripe discoveries.
7:30 PM SLANTING LIGHT STROLL – Come for a relaxing meander to look for animal
signs as the nighttime animals start to stir and the sun starts to cast long
shadows through the woods. Meet at the Campfire Circle on the east end of the
9:00 PM NATURE’S FIREWORKS – Everyone loves watching and catching these “flying
flashlights!” Come watch and discover more about these amazing insects and
their delightful life story. Meet at the Open Air Chapel (pool entrance if rain).
THURSDAY JULY 20
9:00 AM FALL CREEK LOOP 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.
10:00 AM “FUZZ, PRICKLES & BUMPS” – Let’s use our sense of TOUCH to explore the
forest. Meet at the camp store to begin our “touch & feel” hike.
11:00 AM SEED ART – Come discover all the things you can create from tree seeds! Meet
at the main bath house for some “crafty” fun.
1:00 PM MICRO-PARKS – Here’s your chance to plan and share your own nature park.
You might even get “paid” by your “customers”! Bring your best park managing
skills to the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it is raining.
3:00 PM STORY HOUR – THE LORAX – Come relax under a big shade tree during the
heat of the day to enjoy a classic conservation story. Meet at the Open Air
Chapel or main bath house if its raining.
4:00 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.
5:00 PM BOTANY BONANZA – Enjoy a green little stroll to meet our leafy neighbors.
Meet at the camp store.
6:00 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.
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
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.
FRIDAY, JULY 21
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 park’s Mt Bike trailhead (at the end of Freeman Rd, Blountville
10:00 AM MEDICINAL PLANTS RAMBLE – Come see what our ancestors ate and what
they used to cure their ills. Meet at the Open Air Chapel and we will head on
down the trail.
12 NOON PICNIC TEA TIME – Join us at the Main Bathhouse to try this delicious and
traditional tea made from a common “weed”. Discover the importance and
history of Wood Sorrel while enjoying this tart, lemony tea. You can even bring a
picnic lunch to eat during teatime too!
1:30 PM ROPE AND CORD MAKING – How did our pioneer ancestors make something
as simple, and as important, as a sturdy rope or string? Try your hand at this
traditional craft. Meet at the main bath house.
4:00 PM PAPER MAKING – Here’s a great way to recycle, and create your own hand-
made paper. Meet at the main bath house.
5:00 PM SKULLS – NATURE’S TOOL BOX – Every animal carries along all the tools it
needs for survival! Come 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.
6:00 PM PLANT DEFENSES – How do plants defend themselves from weather, from
hungry critters, and from other dangers? Let’s get a close look at “war” in the
plant world! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
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 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 22
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)
12 NOON BUILD A BIRD’S NEST – Birds can do it, but can we? Let’s find out who is a
real “bird brain”. 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.
4:00 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.
6:30 PM ANIMAL MASKS – What can you be? A wolf? A bear? A kitten? Or maybe a
creature you design yourself! Bring your imagination to the main bath house.
9:00 PM CRITTER CAMPFIRE – What a great combination: A dark night, a bright fire,
and some exciting animal tales. If you made a mask with us at 6:30, be sure to
bring it to the campfire! Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the main
campground. (At the pool entrance if it’s raining).
SUNDAY, JULY 23
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.