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Breaks Park plans National Trails Day events

May 30th, 2014 3:48 pm by Staff Report

Breaks Park plans National Trails Day events

BREAKS, Va. — Breaks Interstate Park is celebrating the American Hiking Society's 22nd annual National Trails Day with special hiking, stream ecology and educational events throughout the day on Saturday, June 7.

Trails Day activities will begin with an early-morning bird hike at 8 a.m. Participants should meet at the Visitor Center to join local birder David Raines in seeking out the birds that call Breaks Park home.

A stream ecology class hosted by James Stapleton will give children and adults alike hands-on experience in collecting and identifying aquatic bugs. This information will be used to determine the health of a stream inside the park, and will be recorded in the park's official flora and fauna species list. Participants can anticipate getting wet during this exercise, and should wear appropriate clothing and footwear. In addition to being a wonderful opportunity for fun, it will be a part of the Breaks Park official scientific record. Those who wish to participate in this scientific adventure should meet at the Visitor Center at 1 p.m.

A hike on the Geological Trail is planned at 3 p.m. Geologist and author Tony Scales will lead the hike and explain how the Breaks gorge was formed, as well as what types of rocks, minerals and geological formations can be found at the park. Participants should meet at Stateline Overlook. The hike is considered moderate, and closed-toe footwear is required.

Additional programs are planned throughout the day, including making homemade bird feeders and animal track bandanas. A snake program is planned as well as a scavenger hunt. A full list of programs for the weekend can be found on the park website.

"The Breaks staff seeks to seize every opportunity to engage our visitors with the natural world," Breaks Superintendent Austin Bradley said in a release. "We hope that our participation in National Trails Day will help create this engagement and foster an appreciation for this great resource which is owned by the citizens of Virginia and Kentucky."

National Trails Day (NTD) is a celebration of America's trail system, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Breaks Interstate Park is located on the Kentucky-Virginia border and is accessed by State Route 80. Commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1954, it encompasses more than 4,600 acres and is one of only two interstate parks in the United States. 

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