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Summer in the Park concludes this week

Staff Report • Jul 29, 2019 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — If you haven’t been to a Summer in the Park event this year, this week will be your last chance.

Held at Warriors Path State Park, the free series of activities is heading into its 10th and final week, but there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy the fun. Below is a selection of activities.

Tuesday, July 30

10 a.m. — Kayak Ride and Aquatic Discovery: A quiet kayak in the bright waters — there’s no better way to enjoy the peace and excitement of life in the lake! Participants must sign up in advance at the camp store, as space is limited. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, and anyone under 18 must have an adult sign a release form. Meet at the marina.

5 p.m. — Micro Safari: Let’s follow the “hidden trails” to new discovery. Meet at the Open Air Chapel, or main bathhouse if it’s raining.

6:30 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 is raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

Wednesday, July 31

9 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.

5 p.m. — “Wonderful Wacky Wet Wednesday”: Let’s enjoy some kid-friendly water play and learning activities. Meet at the Open Air Chapel and be prepared to get very wet.

9 p.m. — Night Hike to Fall Creek: It's a whole different world out there at night. Discover the peace and excitement of a night in the open fields near Fall Creek. Bring a dim flashlight and drive to the camp store. We’ll carpool out to the park’s back country.

Thursday, Aug. 1

9 a.m. — Devil’s Backbone Hike: Come hike to the high places and get some new views of our park land. Drive to the camp store, and we’ll carpool to the start of an invigorating hike.

4 p.m. — Butter Churning: Early settlers had no Walmart or Food City. How did they get butter for their bread? Meet at the Open Air Chapel to try an old-timey life skill. If it’s raining, meet at the main bathhouse.

6:30 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.

Friday, Aug. 2

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.

3 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.

9 p.m. — Summer in Review: It’s been a summer full of excitement! Meet at the Open Air Chapel to see a slide show of the park and the activities we have been enjoying all summer. You might see yourself or someone you know on the “big screen.” If it’s raining, meet at the pool entrance.

Saturday, Aug. 3

7 a.m. — Sunrise Birding: Let’s join the birds as they wake up to enjoy the sunrise. New and experienced birders are invited to come to the rec building for a walk around Duck Island. The park will have a few pairs of binoculars for those who need them. Some fruit will be provided.

5 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 is raining.

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 is raining, there will be an indoor “campfire” at the pool entrance.

Sunday, Aug. 4

9 a.m. – Worship Service: Enjoy a peaceful morning worship service at the Open Air Chapel or at the pool entrance if it is raining. The service is sponsored by Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

To view the complete schedule, visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click “Upcoming Events.”

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