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Week 7 of Summer in the Park includes hikes, dog walk, campfire tales

Holly Viers • Jul 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM

KINGSPORT — If you’ve missed the last several weeks of Summer in the Park at Warriors Path, there’s still time to join in on the fun.

The park will kick off its seventh week of summer activities on Tuesday, and each event is free and open to the public. Below is a sampling of activities you and your family can enjoy this week.

Tuesday, July 10

11:30 a.m. — Picnic Hike: Let’s “feed” our eyes and ears on park scenery and then feed ourselves a picnic lunch. Bring your bag lunch to the camp store, and we’ll walk to the picnic area.

1:30 p.m. — Park Games: Parks are perfect places to play! Have some fun pretending to be a park animal. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

4:30 p.m. — Pine Cone Bird Feeders: Let’s make a snack for our feathered friends! Meet at the main bathhouse, and you’ll be able to take home your own little bird feeder.

Wednesday, July 11

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, good hiking shoes and bring some drinking water. Drive to the camp store and we’ll carpool.

11 a.m. — Bookmarks: These hot summer afternoons are perfect for sitting under a shade tree with a good book. Hold your place in your favorite book! Meet at the main bathhouse to create your own decorative bookmark.

3 p.m. — Junior Rangers: Trail Safety: Let’s keep our Junior Rangers safe out on the trail. Learn to enjoy a great hike and to keep yourself and nature as safe as possible. Meet at the main bathhouse.

Thursday, July 12

2 p.m. — Weird Science: Come awaken your inner scientist and observe some weird, wacky science experiments, no lab needed! Meet at the Open Air Chapel or the main bathhouse if it’s raining.

4 p.m. — Human Knot: Do you know your knots? Bring friends and family to tie and then untie a giant human knot; the more people the better! Meet at the Open Air Chapel or at the main bathhouse if it’s raining.

7 p.m. — Noisy Toys: How did the 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.

Friday, July 13

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.

1 p.m. — Nature Crafts: You can make a friend! Create your own creatures using natural materials. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or the main bathhouse if it’s raining.

6:30 p.m. — Story Hour: Evening is a perfect time to share a story! Come hear some great children’s stories under a big shade tree. Meet at the Open Air Chapel or pool entrance if it’s raining.

Saturday, July 14

9:30 a.m. — Hike the Darwin’s Revenge Trail: It may have a strange name, but it is an awesome trail! Come spend several hours in one of the most beautiful and wildest parts of the park. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and comfortable clothes and bring some drinking water. Meet at the camp store and we’ll carpool.

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.

9 p.m. — Cherokee Campfire Tales: Meet at the campfire circle and enjoy the stories told by the first travelers along the Warriors Path. If it is raining, we’ll have an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Sunday, July 15

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.

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