Hike high ridges, see dragonflies during summer in the park | Sunday stories
KINGSPORT – Summer in the Park offers hands-on outdoor discovery for the whole family each week at Warriors’ Path State Park.
During the week of June 13-19, visitors can marvel at trees, hike high ridges, spot dragonflies, try nature crafts, and more. And everything is free. Highlights are included in Sunday Stories each week:
Monday, June 13
6:00 p.m. — Cattail Crafts: The early settlers along the Warriors’ Trail couldn’t afford to waste anything. Even old corn husks could become a doll or a toy. Instead of corn husks, we will use cattail plants. Head to the open-air chapel to try this twist on an old-time craft. If it’s raining, go to the main bath
9:00 p.m. — Endangered Wildlife: Some of the wild creatures once found in the park are gone forever. What happened to them? How can we protect the wildlife we have left? Head to the outdoor chapel for a discovery of extinction. In case of rain, go to the pool entrance.
tuesday june 14
1 p.m. — Spiders: come and find out more about our eight-legged neighbours! These tiny web-spinners have amazing stories to tell. Meet at the main bath.
3:30 PM — Beach Search: The shore of the lake is full of small beaches, which are full of signs of wildlife and clues to people who once visited them. Each wave brings us new things to find. Head to the main bath to begin our natural ‘treasure hunt’.
9 p.m. — Dragonflies: These fascinating insects have amazing life stories to tell. Come and attend a conference illustrated with slides on these “insects” that cross the summer sky. Meet at the outdoor chapel or at the pool entrance if it’s raining.
Wednesday June 15
3:00 p.m. — Riverside Retreat: Riverside means along the bank of the creek. Come for a cool hike near Fall Creek on the other side of the Devil’s Backbone. Go to the camp store to carpool.
7 pm — Tree Tour: Trunk and branch, leaf and root, each part of a tree holds fascinating discoveries. Come and take a short walk among our wooded friends. Meet at the main bath.
9:00 p.m. — ID the Tree: “Wood” do you like to know which tree you’re camping under? You don’t want to “flip” the park unknowingly. Head to the outdoor chapel to check out some local trees. In case of rain, go to the pool entrance.
Thursday June 16
11 am — Bike ride to Shipley Cemetery: Years before this was a park, this was the Shipley family farm. Visiting their family cemetery and the green hills beyond gives us a better sense of their land and their lives. Cycle to the camp store. Note: All cyclists must wear a bicycle helmet and children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
4 p.m. — Nature Games: Don’t miss the nature fun for young and old. Head to the outdoor chapel for lively games about the natural world. If it’s raining, go to the main bath.
9:00 PM — Night Hike to Flowing Waters: It’s a whole other world out there at night. Experience the peace and excitement of a night in the Sinking Waters Wetland. Bring a dim flashlight and head to the camp store to carpool into the backcountry of the park.
friday june 17
9:30 AM—Sinking Waters Ridge Hike: Explore the estate—the changing face of nature—on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail, where we’ll learn about the changing forests all around us. Meet at the camp store to carpool to the trailhead.
12:30 p.m. — Plankton: For us, the lake is a place to go boating or fishing. But for the micro-world of plankton, it’s a home. Come and taste this incredible world of tiny lives floating in the water of the lake. Meet at the main bath and we’ll stroll down to the shore.
9 pm — Appalachian English: Ever wonder where an accent comes from? Well, stop by the outdoor chapel to find out how our landscape is changing the way we talk. In case of rain, go to the pool entrance.
Saturday June 18
9:30 am — Paw Paw Patrol: Have you heard of Paw Paw trees? Join us to learn more about this amazing native fruit tree. Join the “Paw Paw Patrol” along the trail. Go to the camp store.
2 p.m. — Junior Rangers — The Incredible Journey of Water: Do you know where your water comes from? This activity combines beading with a dice game that allows you to create a beautiful bracelet representing where your water has traveled. Meet at the main bath.
9:00 PM — Campfire: Meet at the campfire circle at the east end of the main campground for a crackling fire and some traditional ghost tales. If it’s raining, there will be an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.
All Day — Dragonfly Day: Pre-registration is required for Dragonfly Day events. Register online at https://tnstateparks.com/events/warriors-path.
Sunday June 19
9:00 a.m. — Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning service at the open-air chapel, or at the pool entrance if it’s raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.
For a full schedule of events, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events”.