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Week seven of Summer in the Park to feature kayaking, owls, hikes

Staff Report • Jul 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Another week of summertime fun is heading to Warriors Path State Park.

The seventh week of Summer in the Park begins Tuesday and will include hikes, crafts, a campfire and more. Below is a selection of activities.

Tuesday, July 9

10 a.m. — 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. Participants must sign up in advance at the camp store, as space is limited. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must have an adult sign a release form. Meet at the marina.

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

9 p.m. — Night Hike to Sinking Waters: It’s a whole different world out there at night. Discover the peace and the excitement of a night in the Sinking Waters wetland. Bring a dim flashlight and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool to the trail.

Wednesday, July 10

11 a.m. — Traveling Traders: From beads to beans, our ancestors depended on each other for supplies. Come find out about those who traded goods along the Great Indian War and Trade Path. Then try trading beads to make bracelets. We’ll supply the beads; you supply the trading and crafting skills. Meet at the Open-Air Chapel. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

3 p.m. — 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.

5 p.m. — Isopods: How much do you really know about “roly-poly” bugs? Let's catch some and learn about these critters, then have a race to see whose is fastest! Meet at the main bathhouse.

Thursday, July 11

9 a.m. — Hike the Darwin’s Revenge Trail: It may have a strange name, but it is an awesome trail! Come spend several hours in one of the most beautiful and wildest parts of the park. Wear good walking shoes, comfortable clothes and bring some drinking water. Drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool.

3 p.m. — Pine Cone Bird Feeders: Let’s make a snack for our feathered friends. Meet at the main bathhouse, and you’ll be able to bring home your own little bird feeder.

7 p.m. — Noisy Toys: How did the pioneer children make music or noise? Make your 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 bathhouse.

Friday, July 12

9:30 a.m. — Fall Creek Loop Trail: Let’s hike the park’s most scenic trail. Enjoy beautiful vistas of the summer fields as we search for signs of the unique habitats in the open country. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of a two-hour hike.

3 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. The park will supply all the planning tools. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

7 p.m. — Traditional Baskets: We use bags to carry our goods from the store, but our Appalachian ancestors used baskets. Take a peek at some old-time baskets, then make your own basket to keep. We’ll make ours out of invasive honeysuckle, so we can help clear the forest of some non-native plant pests and make some great little baskets at the same time. Meet at the Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse. If possible, sign up in advance at the camp store, so we’ll have enough supplies for everyone. A sign-up sheet will be available starting Tuesday morning.

Saturday, July 13

8 a.m. — Early Morning Bird Walk: Wake up and smell the worms! Come for a nice morning walk around Duck Island and greet the day with our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them; the park will have a few extras.

7 p.m. — 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. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

9 p.m. — Campfire: What a perfect combination: a dark night, a crackling fire and some local, traditional ghost tales. Meet at the campfire circle on the east end of the main campground. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Sunday, July 14

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.

To view the complete schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events.”