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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 16 - July 21
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
TUESDAY, JULY 16
2:00 PM 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.
5:00 PM BE AN ANIMAL! – If you were a park “critter,” where would you find
the things you need to stay alive? Come on along for a “critter supply
walk!” Meet at the Open Air Chapel.
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 FULL MOON NIGHT HIKE – Enjoy a hike on the dark side of the day,
lit by the rising full moon. Bring a dim flashlight to the camp store, and
we’ll carpool to the trail
9:00 PM FULL MOON KAYAK RIDE – A quiet kayak, and a bright moonlit
night – there’s no better way to enjoy the peace and excitement of night
time! See nature at night from a whole new perspective. NOTES: You
must sign up in advance at the camp store, since space is limited.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under
18 must have an adult to sign a release form. Bring your flashlight, and
meet at the Marina.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
9:30 AM MUSHROOM MEANDER – There is so “mush room” for mushrooms at
the park! Come take a walk down the cool and shady trail to meet these
fungi and to learn more about them. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll
carpool. This is a steep, rough trail – please wear sturdy shoes.
12 NOON CRITTER PATHS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been
wandering through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
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.
4:00 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.
7:00 PM “MONSTERS” OF THE FOREST – Monsters?! In the forest?! No way! Come
learn about our often misunderstood and important animals in the woods. Meet
at the Open-Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
9:00 PM SPIDER EYES- Meet at the Open Air Chapel and bring a flashlight as we hunt
for the deadliest hunter on eight legs, SPIDERS! Will you be able to spot a
spider in the dark? Bring water. Children under 10 must bring a parent.
THURSDAY, JULY 18
9:30 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.
11:30 AM BIKE HIKE TO THE OVERLOOK -Let’s travel together, on bicycle and on
foot, to search for signs of the people and the 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!
3:00 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.
5:00 PM 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 the trail. Drive to camp store, and
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 FOREST TREES – Take a “hike” from the comfort of your seat. Enjoy a “tour”
of our nearby forest habitats using words and pictures. After the slide show,
we’ll share a demonstration of how to identify our local trees. Meet at the Open
Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it is raining.
FRIDAY, JULY 19
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!)
10:00 AM MAGNIFYING GLASS WALK – 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.
2:00 PM SINKING WATERS CREEK TOUR – Lace up those old sneakers! It’s time to
explore this unique wetland home. Drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool. Be
prepared to get wet and muddy.
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 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.
9:00 PM CHEROKEE CAMPFIRE TALES – Meet at the campfire circle, and enjoy the
stories told by the FIRST travelers along the Warriors’ Path. If it is raining, we’ll
have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.
SATURDAY, 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.
12 NOON NATURE SCAVENGER HUNT – Do you have a sharp eye for nature?
Discover the natural wonders around us and see if you can find all the items on
the list! Meet at the campfire circle, east end of the campground.
3:00 PM LEAVE NO TRACE – We can enjoy the wilderness, and leave the land as
beautiful as it was. Find out how to camp and hike, and leave no signs of your
presence. Meet at the campfire circle, or main bath house if it is raining.
5:00 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.
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 TENNESSEE TALES – Enjoy a talk on Tennessee Folklife, and then share
some good-old traditional tall tales. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool
entrance if it rains.
SUNDAY, JULY 21
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