After several weeks of fun, the park’s free series of summer activities will end next Sunday as many children prepare to head back to school.
Below is the complete schedule of activities you and your family can enjoy.
Tuesday, July 31
6 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 or main bathhouse if it’s raining.
8:30 p.m. — Night Sounds: Nature is full of sounds when the sun goes down! Come find out whose noise is whose. Meet at the Open Air Chapel — or the pool entrance if it’s raining — for a short slideshow of creatures who “talk” in the night.
Wednesday, August 1
9:30 a.m. — Riparian Retreat: “Riparian” means along the creek bank. Come along for a cool hike near Fall Creek, on the far side of the Devil’s Backbone. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
6 p.m. — Tree Tools: How big is that tree? How old is it? What wildlife could be hiding in it? Come see and try out some tools foresters use to study and protect native trees. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.
8 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’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.
Thursday, August 2
9 a.m. — Hike the Boneyard: Come explore a remote corner of Warriors Path, full of geologic discovery. This will be a challenging 2-3 mile hike, so be sure to wear comfortable clothes and good hiking shoes and bring drinking water. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool.
4 p.m. — Seed Races: Wind, water and animals carry seeds of new trees and plants across the land. Our “wind” can help, too! Meet at the Open Air Chapel to show off your “hot air” and plant some new life. Meet at the main bathhouse if it rains.
6 p.m. — Footprints in the Sand: Come walk along a little beach to read stories in the sand. It’s a perfect place for animal tracks! Meet at the main bathhouse for a short walk.
8:30 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 or pool entrance if it’s raining.
Friday, August 3
9:30 a.m. — Sinking Waters Ridge Hike: Explore succession — the changing face of nature — on the first loop of the Sinking Waters Trail. We’ll discover the woodlands changing all around us! Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of the trail.
3 p.m. — Plankton: For us, the lake is a place to go boating or fishing, but for the microworld of plankton, it’s a home. Come sample this incredible world of tiny lives floating in lake water. Meet at the main bathhouse, and we’ll stroll down to the shore.
6 p.m. — Noisy Toys: How did pioneer children make music or noise? Make your very 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.
8:30 p.m. — Tennessee Seasons: Enjoy a tour of all four seasons in the hills of Tennessee. With words and pictures, we will experience the excitement of year-round discovery. After the slide show, we’ll enjoy a visit with some small native animals! Meet at the Open Air Chapel or pool entrance if it’s raining.
Saturday, August 4
9 a.m. — Holston Bluffs Railroad Tour: The park is tied to history through the rails. Let’s hike the old railroad grade and hear the stories of these old railroaders’ lives. Meet at the benches in the middle of the overflow campground.
11:30 a.m. — Creek Walk: Put on your old clothes and tennis shoes. It’s time to explore the cool, clear creek waters. We’ll discover a world of amazing life. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool. Be prepared to get wet!
7 p.m. — Tag: You’re the one we need to make all these great tag games work. Meet at the Open Air Chapel for all kinds of tag games. 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’s raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.
Sunday, August 5
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.