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 Park Generates $9.95 Million Regional Economic Impact in 2015

Breaks Interstate Park provided an $9.95 million economic impact across southeast Kentucky and southwest Virginia in 2015, according to a Virginia State Park system study. The park recorded 357,993 day-use and overnight visitors last year, and posted the fourth greatest economic impact among state parks in Virginia.

“Our local economy has been gravely impacted by the downturn of the coal market. In response, we are seeking new and innovative ways to reposition our area as a tourism destination and it is encouraging to see that those efforts are bearing fruit,” said Superintendent Austin Bradley.

The economic impact study takes into account not only the park’s revenue, but the direct and indirect impact of tourism dollars generated by the park into the surrounding localities. That includes money visitors spend on items such as food, gas, and supplies while traveling.

Breaks Park continues to be a viable and integral contributor to the local economy, said Bradley. He added that as one of the few recreational parks in the coalfields, Breaks Park also offers vital outdoor facilities to the region, and helps to foster an active, healthy lifestyle during a time when obesity rates and other health related problems are on the rise.

Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky – Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, please visit www.BreaksPark.com.

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Where to Find Breaks Park

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627 Commission Cir.
Breaks, VA 24607
Phone: (276) 865-4413
Email: info@breakspark.com
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South Mountain Boys to perform during Settlers Program, Breaks Park

Breaks Park will host special programming August 6-9, 2015, highlighting the ways of life of the area’s first settlers. Additionally, the South Mountain Boys will perform at the amphitheater August 8.

“The Breaks places much emphasis on its responsibility to preserve and interpret the history and unique way of life of this region’s early settlers,” said Superintendent Austin Bradley, “This event is a wonderful opportunity for our staff and volunteers to introduce our visitors to this intriguing story.”

Visitors will enjoy a special display and educational program in the park Visitor Center on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. Nina Aragon and Loretta Jude will share their extensive collection of items from yesteryear and discuss how roots, barks, and herbs were the basis of “mountain medicine” back in the day. They will also show how candles were made, and more. This program will be ongoing from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday.

Author and Geologist Tony Scales will be on hand to lead a hike on the Geological Trail on Saturday at 1 pm, explaining along the way the processes that led to the development of the unique geological formations in the park and the Grand Canyon of the South. Scales will  also hold a book signing for his books, The Breaks: The Grand Canyon of the South, and Natural Tunnel: Nature’s Marvel in Stone on Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm, and Sunday from 9 am to 3:30 pm.

Other activities will demonstrate how cornmeal was made at an authentic, working gristmill, and programs will be held that teach participants how to throw tomahawks, and build fires in the same way frontiersmen did it when they settled the area.

The South Mountain Boys will perform at the park amphitheater on Saturday at 7:30 pm. There is no admission charge for the show.

Additionally, regular programming activities including hikes, craft projects, and more will be held throughout the weekend.

The complete interpretive programming schedule is available online at www.BreaksPark.com. For more information, contact the park visitor center at (276)-865-4413 ext. 3213, or by emailing Park Naturalist Carl Mullins at cmullins@breakspark.com.

Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky – Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres and is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. For more information about the park, please visit www.BreaksPark.com.