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Description - Breaks Interstate Park is often called the Grand Canyon of the South due to its 5 mile long and 1/4 mile deep gorge formed by the raging Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River. Over 300,000 people visit this remote park each year.

Attractions - Daniel Boone is credited with discovering this area in the late 1700s while exploring routes to the Midwest. Pioneers referred to these mountain passages as "breaks" and even today just a handful of these passages exist along the rugged Pine Mountain. This beautiful 4,600-acre park is shared by both Virginia and Kentucky and offers views into Tennessee. Elevations range from 870 feet at Russell Fork in the canyon to nearly 2,000 feet at Clinchfield Overlook. More than 60 species of trees may be identified here. Breaks Interstate offers cabins and camping with full hookups, deep cool fishing ponds, Class IV, V and VI rapids for kayaking and rafting, trout fishing, an Olympic size swimming pool, a motor lodge, miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails with panoramic overlooks, stables and horse rentals, and a visitors center featuring the historic coal mining and agricultural industry of the area. Rt. 80 leading into the park has been designated as Transamerican Bike Route 76.

Recreation - Primitive camping is allowed off road and in the back country by permit only. George Washington & Jefferson National Forests is on the south side of Break Interstate Park and John W. Flannagan Dam and Reservoir is just a few minutes drive south.

Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).

Location - Breaks Interstate Park is 7 miles east of Elkhorn City, Kentucky and 8 miles north of Haysi, Virginia on Rt. 80.


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Filed By: Susan & Chris
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This park is just outstanding! The views are incredible - we could spend a whole evening just sitting on one of the many, many large rock overlooks and looking at the green mountains, the trains go through the tunnels, and watching the sun go down. The sunsets here are the closest thing that I have seen to a Key West sunset - just beautiful. At our last visit we stood at an overlook and watched a storm roll in - the fog swooshed up & down the sides of the mountain, rising from the river below, coming at us like thick white blankets until we couldn't see a foot in front of us. And then just as fast it would blow away. The hiking trails are excellent - well developed, clearly marked paths always leading to a destination worth seeing. You can find huge rock formations with cave-like shelters underneath, breath-taking views, nature & wildlife (we see lots of deer everytime we go). True, the roads leading to the park are twisting, tiny curvy little roads - but it is very much worth it. The restuarant is very nice, offering great views of canyon-like area, the pool is huge & clean, and the sleeping accomodations are varied and well-thought out.

Filed By: P Beard
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Beautiful scenic overlooks, reasonably priced. Great camping area- we enjoyed it even in the pouring rain, and we had only a tent. Take your all you food supplies, the nearby towns all involve navigating the snaking country roads. The restaurant overlooks the canyon's breathtaking view. Wildlife is friendly and easy to spot all around the park. Great spot for family outing

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Support Virginia's Gold Medal Winning State Parks! State Parks and Natural Areas Bond Referendum, Tuesday, November 5th.


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Contact Information:
Breaks Interstate Park, P.O. Box 100 , Breaks, VA, 24607-0100, Phone: 540-865-4413
, pco@dcr.state.va.us

Additional Information:
Blue Ridge Highlands Travel Region - The Blue Ridge Highlands includes seven State Parks, a National Forest, a natural area preserve, two scenic byways and access to the Appalachian Trail.
Bristol / Abingdon / Marion Area - This is a beautiful mountainous area and was much traveled by pioneers during the 1800's. Bristol is created with being the birth place of country music. Folk arts and crafts are a main attraction.
Virginia State Parks - Virginia State Parks are special places where visitors find a tonic for mind, body and spirit. Thirty-four parks help visitors learn about the natural and cultural history of the Commonwealth.

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Breaks Interstate Park - Official agency Website

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