Grand Depart – Bikepacking at the Breaks Interstate Park

Grand Depart – Bikepacking is scheduled for October 24, 2020 at the Breaks Interstate Park. Presented by Oveja Negra, this free bikepacking adventure will begin at the Breaks Interstate Park, with meet up at the picnic shelter across from the lodge, and roll-out at sunrise (8:00 a.m.). A get-together is also scheduled the Friday night before, beginning at 8:00 p.m. Meet up at the Picnic Shelter across from the Lodge and we’ll all say howdy.

This route explores the vastness of the Pine Mountain region starting at Breaks Interstate Park and heading off west towards the sunset and the infamous Wardaddy Loop. Traversing the Grand Canyon of the South, it is a showcase of the best these rugged and historic Appalachian Mountains has to offer. Superb mountain-line scenery tracing the Kentucky/Virginia border and a tradition of pure, hard adventure – this course is truly breathtaking (literally and metaphorically).

When COVID-19 Breaks, Travel Awaits

We here at Pike County Tourism CVB are optimistic that, when the COVID-19 pandemic breaks, people are going to be more than ready to get out and travel again. As you probably could imagine, the tourism industry is taking a massive hit due to the coronavirus, and when the tourism industry hurts, everyone hurts. Because of the hard work that Pike County Tourism CVB has done over the past several years, and the partnerships that we have been blessed to be involved in, 2020 was poised to be another record-breaking year for tourist spending in Pike County. But, the world can be unpredictable at times, and we are staying positive during all of this. As our governor says, “we will get through this together”. So, while we are in quarantine, awaiting this day to come, let’s go over some interesting attractions to plan for. What else do you have to do?

When COVID-19 Breaks, Let’s Head for the Breaks

Photo by Chuck Summers

Despite healthcare professionals urging people to go outside for some sunshine and fresh air (but still maintaining social distancing), the fear surrounding this pandemic is keeping many people locked indoors. So, we predict that once COVID-19 breaks, people will flock to one of our many beautiful outdoor attractions. Pike County has no shortage of them, with places like Grants Branch Park in Stone, Kentucky, to the Lick Creek Horse Trail, and one of our most prized gems, Breaks Interstate Park.

Breaks Park features everything an outdoor enthusiast loves, from rustic hiking trails, to biking, rock climbing, and more sight seeing than you can shake a stick at. Known as “the Grand Canyon of the South”, everyone who visits the Breaks should check out their Rhododendron restaurant for dining that overlooks this 5-mile, 1650 feet deep gorge. The Breaks also offers Elk Viewing Tours, and boasts of a 100% success rate in seeing Elk. We’ll all need to reconnect with nature after being cooped up for so long.

Let’s Get Back Together with Pike County Cruise-Ins

Our Pike County commissioners have been very active in supporting tourism in our county, and have provided invaluable support for us to do what we do best. One tourism initiative that has came about over the past year is the establishment of Pike County Cruise-ins. Although independent car clubs have been hosting amazing cruise-ins for years, it was the desire of the commission, as well as Pike County Tourism CVB, to promote a series of Pike County Cruise-ins that bring folks together from different clubs, and to attract car enthusiasts from all over. Cruise-ins give us the opportunity to not only check out killer hot rods and classic cars, but also to reconnect with one another. Each Pike County Cruisers event features food vendors, ice cream, a swap meet (no yard sale items please), and free dash plaques for the first 100 visitors. This event is normally scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of each month, April through September, but as is true with every event, we will have to wait and see when the first Cruisers meet will happen this year.

Catch a Show at our Local Theatres

Artists Collaborative Theatre
Photo by Larry Epling

One thing we all miss is going to the theatre. Whether it’s a movie theatre, or a theatre for the performing arts, being without such experiences is excruciating for many of us. Whenever this thing breaks, our local theatres will be ready to entertain, with a variety of shows for all walks of life to enjoy.

Pike County is blessed to have two amazing theatres for the performing arts, Artists Collaborative Theatre and The Appalachian Center for the Arts, or “The App” for short. Artists Collaborative Theatre has suffered its own setbacks as of late, with their building burning down not too long ago. However, the show must go on, and they will be showcasing productions at the Breaks Interstate Park until a new facility is built.

The App will be hosting several productions later this year, beginning with The Cleverlys, which has been rescheduled from their May 1st date to June 4th. Later this year, more amazing productions are scheduled for the App, such as The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Kevin Prater Band, Sleep in Safety: The Legend of Octavia Hatcher (their highly anticipated October production), and so much more. Check out the Appalachian Center for the Arts page for details.

Let’s not forget the Appalachian Wireless Arena, which has several great shows planned for the second half of the year. Steve Miller Band with special guest Marty Stuart is scheduled for July 22nd, The Price is Right is scheduled for July 26, with Poison performing on August 8th, Toby Keith performing August 14th and Lynyrd Skynyrd performing September 10th.

Hank Williams Jr., a concert that was scheduled to headline the now cancelled (but may be rescheduled) Hillbilly Days, is now scheduled for October 23.

Part of what helps us cope with the current circumstances is knowing that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to our community, and looking forward to the day that we can again welcome visitors to our beautiful region to enjoy the many great things our community has to offer. Until then, making travel plans is certainly a good way to pass the time. If you have questions, or need help planning your Pike County getaway, feel free to reach out to us here.

Russell Fork River Bluegrass Show

The Russell Fork River Bluegrass Show will be held at the Breaks Interstate Park, November 15 and 16, 2019. Hosted by Dave Adkins, this event will feature performances by Dave Adkins Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Remington Ryde. Friday evening will be a jam session.

Admission details

  • General Admission – $25
  • 1 night package for 2 guests including lodging & meals – $175
  • 2 night package for 2 guests including Friday night open jam session, lodging, meals, & 2 official RFRBS t-shirts – $320

Call 276-865-4413 for information and reservations.

Breaks Park Halloween Spooktacular

Breaks Interstate Park will be hosting their Halloween Spooktacular, October 18-19, 2019! Be sure to reserve your campsites and bring your candy out to get the full experience!

Friday, October 18th
7:00 pm – Movie night – Amphitheater
9:00 pm – Scary stories around the campfire – Campground D Overflow

Saturday, October 19th
1:00 pm – Costume contest – Amphitheater
3:00 pm – Campsite decorating contest
4:30 pm – Dusk – Trick or Treating in the campground

*Reminder to everyone attending activities in the campground: Please park at the water park, where a shuttle will be provided to and from the campgrounds. We want to keep these events as safe as possible for trick-or-treaters and need to minimize traffic in and around the campgrounds. Thank you!*

Breaks 40 Miler

The Breaks 40 Miler trail race is an extreme challenge for any runner. Starting and finishing at Breaks Interstate Park in Virginia, the race takes runners back and forth across the Kentucky-Virginia border and up and over the ruggedly tough Pine Mountain numerous times. Your breath will be taken away by the beauty of the scenery and the extreme challenge of the terrain at the same time. This 43-mile race will challenge even the best trail runners out there.

All runners must 18 years of age or older to participate!

The race will begin 6 a.m. and the cut off will be at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8.  This allows 16 hours worth of competing!

Please visit this page for more information on the event and may the best runner win!