The old-timers around here used to call a passage through the mountains a break. Such breaks were a rare thing indeed, offering the early settlers an opportunity to take their frontier lives to a new level. Layer upon layer of history welcomes todays visitor, as does the still resplendent beauty of this unique 4600-acre park. Established in 1954 by an act of Congress initiated by the efforts of the two states it crosses, Virginia and Kentucky, it is now one of only two such interstate parks in the USA. Visitors come to us year-round to enjoy the many recreational delights, whether they are bent on an active, sporting experience, or one more contemplative, such as our seven gorgeous overlooks. Wildlife abounds, as does the warm welcome, in cozy accommodations that feel just right in their setting. Read on, we have some wonderful stories to tell.

Enjoyed a weekend getaway with some hiking, sightseeing, and geocaching. We hiked a total of nine trails which we turned into an insane loop throught the park. The hike turned out awesome, even hiked over into Kentucky to capture a geocache and enjoy a quick lunch break at the picnic shelter. We stayed in one of the cottages which it was very peaceful, quiet, and relaxing. Will definitely come here again!

Hiked up this trail from the Grassy Creek Trail... the hill is a good steep climb! We looped around the park. We started on the Loop Trail and came down on the Prospectors and River Trails... I think this was a good choice on the route just by comparing the trails on each end.

hiking
2 months ago

A short trail around and through some cool rocks and rock formations.

This was our last of nine trails hiked for one insane and awseome loop throughout the park. This trail is an old streambed for the spring itself and could be muddy or even a water trek in wet weather and or heavy rains.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Amazing place and right here in Virginia! I have read about this park many times in the monthly Virginia State Parks email, but seeing it is still more that I expected.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Beautiful park with the usual nice staff. Virginia has the nicest rangers and staff, which always adds value to the experience.

Such a beautiful place

The River Trail is accessed best via Geological after parking at State Line Overlook. Steep rocky trail.

Great trails

Walked all trails except the river trail. Amazing views and somewhat challenging hill/rock climbs on the prospect trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail!

on Geological Trail

8 months ago

There are quite a few different rock formations to stop and check out. Interesting trail.

There are lots of great views to see throughout the trails. Plenty of climbing, too.

hiking
1 year ago

Trail head located directly behind the visitor center. Short trail that connects to others.

This was a gorgeous hike, enjoyed all the climbing!!

Beautiful!!! Scenery is gorgeous, and the people are I encountered were very friendly. I've been here twice in my life, and hope to return again!