The park will be hosting a variety of free events this week, including bike rides, scenic hikes and the 39th annual Folklife Festival. Below is a sampling of activities you and your family can enjoy.
Tuesday, July 24
3 p.m. — Bee’s Knees: Sure, bees make delicious honey, but what else do they do? Find out why bees are so important and what they do for us. You can even make your own little pet bee that won’t sting! Buzz over to the Open Air Chapel, or the main bathhouse if it’s raining.
7 p.m. — Meet the Owl: Meet a real-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.
9 p.m. — Night Sounds: Nature is full of sounds when the sun goes down! Some seem eerie, but there’s no need to be nervous. Come find out whose noise is whose. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for a short slideshow about the creatures who “talk” in the night. After the slide show, there will be a night sounds contest for the children. Meet at the pool entrance if it is raining.
Wednesday, July 25
11:30 a.m. — Bike Ride to Shipley Cemetery: Many years before Warriors Path was a park, it was the Shipley family farm. As we visit their family cemetery and the green hills beyond, we can get a better feeling for their land and their lives. Pedal down to the camp store. Note that all riders must wear a bicycle helmet, and children 10 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
2 p.m. — Junior Rangers: Recycle for the Birds: Stop! Don’t throw away that empty milk carton! Bring it to the Open Air Chapel and recycle it into a useful bird feeder. If it rains, meet at the main bathhouse.
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, July 26
9:30 a.m. — Hike Lake Hollow: Enjoy a leisurely hike through the Lake Hollow Trail and explore some of the unique habitats our animal neighbors call home. Meet at the camp store.
11:30 a.m. — Dream Catchers: Let’s make these “catchy” little decorations, inspired by Native American craft. Meet at the main bathhouse.
7 p.m. — Evening Dog Walk: Let’s come together for a short stroll with “man’s best friend!” Bring your furry friends, on a leash, and meet at the main bathhouse to start our walk through the campground.
Friday, July 27
9:30 a.m. — Bird’s Eye View: Take a hike to the overlook and look at our world from a different perspective. Don't forget your camera! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
11:30 a.m. — Nature Jeopardy: Let’s try out this natural version of the famous game show. Test your skills and see how much you really know about nature. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.
2 p.m. — Wood Cookies: Peek inside a tree and you’ll find nature and history. Come decorate a wood “cookie” and take home a natural memory from Warriors Path. Bring your artistic skills to the main bathhouse.
Saturday, July 28
11 a.m.-9 p.m. — Special Event: 39th Annual Folklife Festival: Come celebrate the folk traditions of our region with old-time games, music, crafts, storytelling and more. It’s all free, and it will take place on Duck Island in and near the park’s recreation building.
Sunday, July 29
9 a.m. — Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning worship 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 the complete Summer in the Park schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/about/warriors-path.