Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but there are still plenty of enjoyable activities planned during the Fall season at Breaks Park.
“Fall is an incredibly beautiful time of year at the Breaks and with the milder weather and decreased traffic, many people consider this as the best time to visit the park,” said Superintendent Austin Bradley.
National Public Lands Day will be celebrated Sept. 28. This day is set aside for volunteerism outdoors. It is the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States.
As always, the first four weekends in October mean world-class whitewater on the Russell Fork River through Breaks Gorge, with some rapids Class V and greater. Although the park doesn’t offer outfitter services, there are several organizations who come to the area and offer guided experiences on the river.
October activities held inside the park begin with the annual Grundy-Clintwood Kiwanis 5K Run on Oct. 5.
On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, join Park Historian Carl Mullins on Potter’s Knoll as he boils down sugar cane to make sweet, thick molasses. It’ll start early — around 7 a.m. — and run through the afternoon. During that time, visitors can get some hands-on experience stirring and skimming the pan while they’re there.
Pike County Extension will host their annual event “Homemaking in the Mountains,” in the Rhododendron Lodge on Oct. 19, featuring handiwork and demonstrations from many of our area crafters and artisans.
Halloween Festivities in the campground will be held on Oct. 25-26, with a campsite decorating contest, costume contest, trick-or-treating in the campground, and more.
The Second Annual Appalachian Heritage Festival will be held November 2-3, and will feature a variety of vendors, demonstrations, music and activities related to the many deep-rooted traditions of this region. Portions of the event will be held inside at the Rhododendron Lodge and Conference Center, and others will be held outdoors. Vendors will be on hand to sell authentic handmade Appalachian crafts and heritage items. Others will be demonstrating arts such as quilting and more.
We’ll also be hosting our annual Thanksgiving Dinner buffet on Thursday, November 28 from 11am to 6 pm.
For more information about these or any other events at Breaks Park, call (276)-865-4413 ext. 3213 or visit www.BreaksPark.com.