From music festivals, car races, history, heritage, food and everything in between. Here's your guide.
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Warriors Path State Park: Summer in the Park
July 30, 2019 - August 4, 2019FREE
NOTE: All activities meet in and near the park’s Main Campground, unless otherwise specified.
TUESDAY JULY 30
10:00 AM KAYAK RIDE & AQUATIC DISCOVERY- A quiet kayak in the bright
waters – there’s no better way to enjoy the peace and excitement of life in
the lake! See nature 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. Meet at the Marina.
3:00 PM CRITTER PATHS – Be a critter detective! Find out what’s been
wandering through the campground habitats. Meet at the camp store.
5:00 PM MICRO SAFARI – Let’s follow the “hidden trails” to new discovery. Meet
at the Open Air Chapel, or main bath house if it’s raining.
6:30 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.
8:30 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).
WEDNESDAY JULY 31
9:00 AM RIPARIAN RETREAT – Riparian means along the creek bank! Come
along for a cool hike near Fall Creek, on the far side of the Devil’s
Backbone. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
2:00 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.
3:30 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.
5:00 PM “WONDERFUL WACKY WET WEDNESDAY” – Let’s enjoy some kid-
friendly water play and learning activities. Meet at the Open Air Chapel
and be prepared to get VERY WET!
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 NIGHT HIKE TO FALL CREEK – 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 open fields near Fall Creek. Bring a dim flashlight and drive to the camp
store. We’ll carpool out to the park back country
THURSDAY AUGUST 1
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 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. (at the main bath house if it’s raining).
4:00 PM BUTTER CHURNING – Early settlers had no WalMart or Food City! How did
they get butter for their bread? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to try an old-timey
life skill. If it’s raining, meet at the main bath house.
6:30 PM OLD TIMEY GAMES – Enjoy some good-old fun! Try some games from the
early settlement days of East Tennessee. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main
bath house if it’s raining.
8:30 PM TENNESSEE TALES – Enjoy a slide-illustrated 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.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
9:00 AM HOLSTON BLUFFS RAILROAD TOUR – 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 benches in the middle of the OVERFLOW
10:00 AM 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 Open Air Chapel.
12 NOON 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!
3:00 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.
5:00 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.
7:00 PM “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.
9:00 PM SUMMER IN REVIEW – It’s been a summer full of excitement! Meet at the
Open Air Chapel to see a slide show of the park and the activities we have been
enjoying all summer. You might see yourself or someone you know on the “big
screen.” And you might get a chance to tell everyone the story of your favorite
hike or craft or nature-watching experience! If it’s raining, meet at the Pool
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
7:00 AM SUNRISE BIRDING – Lets join the birds as they wake up to enjoy the sunrise!
New and experienced birders are encouraged to join us at the rec building for a
walk around Duck Island. We will have a few pairs of binoculars for those that
need them. Some fruit will be provided!
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 carpool to
the start of the trail.
12:30 PM 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!
3:00 PM PINE CONE BIRD FEEDERS – Let’s make a snack for our feathered friends!
Meet at the main bath house, and you’ll be able to bring back home your own
little bird feeder.
5:00 PM NATURE CRAFTS – You can make a friend! Create your own creatures using
natural materials. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the main bath house if it is
7:00 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
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
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
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: This is the last week of “Summer In The Park”
activities. Remember that the park and many park facilities remain
open year-round. Also, special programs can be arranged for special
groups (schools, scouts, church groups, senior citizens, etc.) upon
request. Thanks for a GREAT summer!
In case of emergency, please call 911,
then contact the Park Ranger on duty at 423-765-5534