Summer in the Park offers picnics, games and more |  Sunday stories

Summer in the Park offers picnics, games and more | Sunday stories

KINGSPORT – Summer in the Park offers family-friendly and hands-on outdoor discovery every week at Warriors’ Path State Park.

The award-winning summer series offers a range of free activities every day. Highlights from the schedule are included in the Sunday stories each week:

Monday 6 June

5 p.m. Traditional Baskets: Peek at some vintage baskets, then make your own to keep them away from invasive honeysuckle. Meet the outdoor chapel (or master bath if it’s raining).

7:30 PM – Sunset Rise: Watch the sunset through the green hills during this short, but steep hike. Bring a flashlight to undo the walk. Meet at the park’s Mountain Bike Trail parking lot.

Tuesday 7 June

11 a.m. Flyways and Byways: Meet at the Open Air Chapel to discover more about the creatures that make their way through the Warriors’ Path. In case it rains, meet in the master bathroom.

6pm – Meet the Owl: Come to the Open Air Chapel to meet a real feathered hunter. In case it rains, meet in the master bathroom.

Wednesday 8 June

9 a.m. Hike to Childress Town: A vigorous 3-4 hour hike up high hills will bring participants to the ruins of the park’s first settlement. Wear good walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Drive to the camp store to the carpool to the beginning of the trail.

4 p.m. Wacky Wet: Enjoy some kid-friendly water games and learning activities. Gather in the Open Air Chapel and be prepared for extreme wetness

8 p.m. – Meet Snakes: They aren’t the scary creatures you thought. Come and learn the facts about these interesting and useful animals. Outdoor meet chapel. In case it rains, meet in the master bathroom.

Thursday 9th June

9:30 a.m. – “Aliens” Among Us: Not beings from Mars, but non-native plants and animals. Come and find out how these “invaders” traveled here, and how they affect our local race. Meet in the master bathroom for a short walk.

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2:30 PM – Animal charades: Discover your wild side and show off your acting skills with a fun game of animal charades. See if you can walk, talk and squawk like the animals in the park. Meet in the open air chapel (or master bath if it’s raining).

9pm – Night Sounds: Nature fills with sounds when the sun goes down. Some look strange, but you don’t have to worry. Come find out who’s making noise in the park. Gather at the Open Air Chapel to watch a short slide show of creatures “talking” at night. If it rains, meet at the entrance to the pool.

Friday 10 June

9 a.m. Hike the Darwin’s Revenge Trail: It may have a very strange name, but it’s a great trail. Come and spend several hours in one of the most beautiful and wildest parts of the park. Make sure to wear good walking shoes, comfortable clothes, and bring some drinking water. Meet at the park’s Mountain Bike Trail parking lot (at the end of Freeman Road, Blountville, TN).

7 p.m. Old Timey Games Enjoy old-fashioned fun by trying some games from the early settlement days of East Tennessee. Meet the outdoor chapel (or master bathroom in case it rains).

9 p.m. – Tennessee Tales: Enjoy new insights into Tennessee folklore with traditional tall tales at the Open Air Chapel. If it rains, meet at the entrance to the pool.

Saturday 11 June

2:30 pm – Creek Walk: Put on your old clothes and tennis shoes to explore the cool, clear waters of the creek. Drive to the camp store to take the carpool to the site. Be prepared to get wet.

5:30 p.m. Critter Race for Freedom: Bring your best scary crawler into the master bathroom. They will all win, because they will all have their freedom. No pets or flying creatures, please.

9 p.m. Campfire Music: Gather at the campfire circuit to enjoy the music around the fire. Learn about the area’s musical history and try out some traditional songs. Feel free to bring your own musical instrument. If it rains, meet at the entrance to the pool.

Sunday 12th June

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

Visit tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path and click Upcoming Events for a complete schedule.

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