Warriors Path kicks off Summer in the Park on Tuesday

Holly Viers • May 28, 2018 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — School’s out for many children in our region, which means it’s time for Summer in the Park at Warriors Path.

The park’s yearly series kicks off this Tuesday with a number of free events. Below is a sampling of activities you and your family can enjoy.

Tuesday, May 29

3 p.m. — Critter Cones: Pine cones aren’t critters, but we can use them to create a critter. Bring one or two pine cones to the Open Air Chapel and find out how. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

5 p.m. — Tracking: Find out how to be a “wildlife detective” — how to read the tracks, dens and other signs of our fellow creatures. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it is raining.

7 p.m. — Meet the Owl: Meet a live feathered hunter. Come to the Open Air Chapel and see “whooo” is waiting for you. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

Wednesday, May 30

11:30 a.m. — Nature Journal: Come create your own little “nature diary.” Your homemade book will be a perfect way to remember all your nature fun in the park! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or the main bathhouse in case of rain.

3 p.m. — Water Balloon Volleyball: What a great way to cool off! Enjoy an exciting liquid game. Meet at the campfire circle, on the east end of the campground. (Meet rain or shine; you’ll be wet anyway!)

5 p.m. — Nature Games: Don’t miss the natural fun for the young or the young at heart. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively games about our natural world. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

Thursday, May 31

3 p.m. — 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 bathhouse.

6:30 p.m. — Sunset Hike: Watch the sun go down across the green hills. Relax to the serenity of the evening. Meet at the benches behind the bathhouse at the overflow campground for a short hike. Bring a flashlight for the walk back.

9 p.m. — Bat & Moth: Use your ears and your “bug hunting” skills. See if you could survive a night out in the woods and fields if you were a flying bug! Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it is raining.

Friday, June 1

11:30 a.m. — Picnic Hike: Let’s “feed” our eyes and ears on park scenery, and then feed ourselves a picnic lunch. Bring your bag lunch to the camp store, and we’ll walk to the picnic area.

2:30 p.m. — Create a Forest: Here’s your chance to design your own woodland habitat. Meet at the Open Air Chapel and bring your ingenuity. We’ll supply all the planning tools. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

9 p.m. — Tennessee Wilderness: Enjoy a slide-illustrated tour of Tennessee’s wild, scenic places and the special values they hold. After the slide show, we’ll have a demonstration of how to read wildlife signs. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or pool entrance if it’s raining.

Saturday, June 2 (National Trails Day)

9:30 a.m. — National Trails Day Hike: Celebrate National Trails Day on a more than 4-mile hike rich in nature discovery and local history. Discover evidence of earlier travelers along the Warriors Path as we travel part of an official National Recreational Trail. Wear good walking shoes and bring along some water and a snack. Meet at the Warriors Path State Park mountain bike trail parking lot.

3 p.m. — Creek Walk: Here’s another chance to celebrate National Trails Day with a short hike in the creek. Explore the cool, clear creek waters and discover a world of amazing life. Wear old clothes and tennis shoes, drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool. Be prepared to get wet!

5:30 p.m. — 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.

Sunday, June 3

9 a.m. — Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open Air Chapel or at the pool entrance if it is raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

For the complete Summer in the Park schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/about/warriors-path.

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