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Summer in the Park heats up at Warriors Path

Rebekah Wilson • Jun 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

From dawn to dusk, beaches to overlooks, salamanders to deer and tomahawks to treasure hunts, Warriors Path State Park’s Summer in the Park program offers educational and entertaining activities for the whole family.

Each day at the Kingsport park, participants can explore a new frontier, whether it is studying plankton in the lake, gazing at stars or hunting for animal tracks at the water’s edge.

Activities continue through mid-August.

“Summer in the Park is a chance for families to come and enjoy your state park,” said Park Naturalist Marty Silver. “Each week is filled with nature discovery and good-old outdoor fun. Don’t miss the hikes, the nature games, the wildlife demonstrations, the campfire talks and plenty more.”

This week, hikers will be able to wade through the creek, wetlands and lakeside. They can trace the steps of travelers and warriors to an overlook during Thursday morning’s Bike Hike or participate in the abbreviated 100-Inch Hike to observe tiny wildlife. On Friday morning, guides will take visitors for a lakeside stroll and fishing lunch in a shaded area by the lake.

Among this week’s other evening attractions will be a Monday night hike through the woods and a Wednesday star gazing.

On Friday night at the campfire circle, families can gather around a glowing fire and toast marshmallows.

Each day is filled with almost 12 hours of interesting activities, and the hikes are only a fraction of the fun.

Crafts and games are strewn throughout each week’s events.

The first game of the year will be a traditional tag game called Foxes and Chickens on Monday at 5 p.m. Other games include “Oh Deer,” “Critter Race for Freedom,” “Food Chain Kickball” and traditional Cherokee games.

The “Critter Race for Freedom” will succeed the “100 Inch Hike,” during which participants will catch critters for the race.

On Tuesday at noon, participants can make toy tomahawks, and at 2 p.m., they can try to get a bulls eye by throwing a tomahawk at a log target.

On Friday, folks will be able to build pine cone bird feeders or participate in the “Web of Life” game in which everyone will build a “living web.”

After attending “Cabin Tales” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday and learning about log cabins, visitors can try their hand at constructing their own miniature cabins.

For those interested in the sounds of the forest, tree identification, dragonflies, birds of prey or the history of the park, there are also demonstrations on each of these topics.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Most activities do not require pre-registration, but the Summer in the Park calendar — available at the park or online at www.tn.gov/environment/parks/WarriorsPath/#events — lists some that do.

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