Held at Warriors Path State Park, the award-winning series of events offers something for the whole family, all at no charge. Below is a selection of activities for the sixth week.
Tuesday, July 2
4 p.m. — Canoe Ride & Aquatic Discovery: A quiet canoe 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. — Birds of Prey: Meet some real, live feathered hunters. Come to the Open Air Chapel and see “whooo” is waiting for you. If it is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.
9 p.m. — Ridgetop Night Hike: It’s a whole different world out there at night! Explore a fine old forest and some dark sky views. Bring a flashlight and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool to the trail.
Wednesday, July 3
11:30 a.m. — Bike Ride and Stream Walk: Come explore life in the muddy places. Pedal down to the camp store, and we’ll ride down to the creek. Be sure to wear old clothes and shoes; we will get wet and muddy! All riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
7 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 the natural world. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.
9 p.m. — Hug-a-Tree and Survive: Do you know how to keep yourself and your children safe in the woods? Enjoy this special slide program on how to keep from getting lost and how to keep safe if you are lost in the woods. Meet at the Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
Thursday, July 4
9:30 a.m. — Patriotic Picnic Hike: Start the day off with a hike on the Woodland Ridge trail and learn how the early people traveled and what they ate along the way. Bring a packed lunch and water; some snacks will be provided. This trip will last three to four hours.
2 p.m. — American Crafts: Crafting is an important part of the American tradition of fun and trading. Come to the main bathhouse to talk about and make one of these early crafts.
5 p.m. — Homemade Ice Cream: There’s nothing better on a hot afternoon than some homemade ice cream, and there’s no better way to work up an appetite than to turn the crank on an ice cream freezer! Meet at the Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the main bathhouse.
9 p.m. — Our History Lantern Hike: Take a night hike to explore some East Tennessee history. Our corner of America has a rich regional history, from agriculture to folklore to women’s history. The park will supply the old-timey lanterns, but children should bring flashlights for safety. Drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool to the trail.
Friday, July 5
9:30 a.m. — Devil’s Backbone Hike: Come hike to the high places and get some new views of the park land. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of an invigorating hike.
7 p.m. — Earthball Games: Let’s have a ball — a six-foot-tall ball! Meet at the Open Air Chapel for some lively, cooperative games. If it rains, there will be smaller ball games at the main bathhouse.
9 p.m. — Dragonflies: These fascinating insects have some amazing life stories to tell. Come enjoy a slide-illustrated talk about these “bugs” that zip through the summer skies. Meet at the Open Air Chapel. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
Saturday, July 6
5 p.m. — Butter Churning: Early settlers had no Walmart or Food City! How did they get butter for their bread? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to try an old-timey life skill. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.
7 p.m. — Plant Defenses: They don’t look too stressed, but even plants have their troubles. Find out how our green neighbors deal with the troubles of life. Meet at the Open Air Chapel to begin a short walk.
9 p.m. — Campfire Music: Campfires are great, and music makes them even better! Meet at the campfire circle for some musical fun around the bright fire. We’ll discover more about the region’s musical history while we try out some traditional songs. Bring along your musical instrument, if you have one. In case of rain, meet at the pool entrance.
Sunday, July 7
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.”