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.

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.

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

hiking
1 month 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
5 months ago

camping
5 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!

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
8 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
9 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
9 months ago

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

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Such a beautiful place