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.

Very nice with great rock features!

Some of the most scenic views you will experience. Take advantage of these gorgeous local trails

This is a good trail. Not too difficult for children. It has a lot of large vegetation along the trail which shade out the sun. It is a wide trail and is well traveled.

A great trail for a quick hike nice rock formations. If you add in the Chestnut Ridge Trail it will make about a 1 mile loop self guided hike and bring you back to the parking lot. It has numbered post at specific locations on the trail you will need to stop by the Visitors Center and pick up the trail guide so you will know what the marker is related to. Nice hike. Kind of a moderate trail if you do the loop with slick rocks and ground when wet. Make sure to watch out for the sting needles on one section of trail.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view, clearly marked trails.
Downside is hard place to find if you don't know the area

hiking
4 months ago

My kids loved the self guided hike & really learned some great stuff.

Been here a few times! Very nice trails and beautiful views!

hiking
8 months ago

camping
8 months ago

great

love fishing with family and friends

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!

hiking
11 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.