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.

Love hiking here. It changes with the seasons.

This loop trail is about 4.5 miles, and consists of the names loop trail, the geological trail, the prospector trail. Excellent scenery the entire way, but there some spots that can be a little difficult. There are signs warning of the terrain. Wear good footwear, especially in the winter months.

10 months ago

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.

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

hiking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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

Friday, June 02, 2017

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

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

love fishing with family and friends

camping
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

great

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

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
Sunday, December 04, 2016

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
Sunday, December 04, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, December 04, 2016

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
Monday, October 24, 2016

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
Saturday, October 22, 2016

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great trails

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Great trail!

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, November 28, 2015

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

Thursday, April 09, 2015

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

hiking
Friday, November 07, 2014

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!

hiking
Thursday, September 04, 2014

This is the first hike we did with out son (4 months old), and we all loved it. It is short and not very difficult, but there are so many beautiful, and interesting things to look at. Don't forget to bring your paper that describes the hike as the different geological formations are numbered and can be matched to descriptions. Unfortunately, we forgot our paper, so we'll have to go again some time.

hiking
Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Great hike, rugged trails and the vistas are awesome. Certainly a hike to remember.

Load More