Breaks Interstate Park
Filled with history, heritage and outdoor adventure and straddling Kentucky and Virginia, Breaks Interstate Park is beautifully situated within a 5-mile gorge, known as the “Grand Canyon of the South”. Whether it’s incredible hiking or mountain biking, bountiful lake and river fishing, thrilling whitewater rafting, kayaking and pedal boating, horseback riding, rock climbing, amazing birding, golfing or playing in the on-site beachside waterpark, the exciting outdoor recreational opportunities at Breaks Interstate Park are sure to create unforgettable experiences.
The gorgeous mountainous setting of Breaks Interstate Park is the gateway to more than 25 miles of scenic connected hiking trails of varying difficulties and 12 miles of moderate to difficult mountain biking along the highly revered stack loop trail system (praised by multiple bike enthusiast websites). Mountain bikes and e-bikes are available to rent in season.
Reel in a catch of bass or bluegill from Laurel Lake and Beaver Pond. Or, cast out into the amply stocked Russell Fork River for rainbow trout. Gear up in the fall for whitewater rafting on the Russell Fork River and take on major Class III & IV rapids head-on, while more experienced, adventurous rafters and kayakers can experience class V+ rapids through the Breaks Gorge. Enjoy a more leisurely kayak, canoeing or pedal boat (rentals available) experience on Laurel Lake. And avid rock climbers will find a number of different locations and climbing routes available throughout the park.
Stroll down the teeming Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail and spot native hooded warblers, black and white warblers, turkey vultures, osprey, and red tail hawks. Tee off at the exclusive Willowbrook Country Club golf course (available for all overnight park guests) and play the beautifully maintained course surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains.
Set out for family fun with horseback riding (including lead line ponies available for children 8 & under) or outdoor treasure hunting with 60 geocaches hidden throughout the park area. In addition, the unique seasonal Splash! In the Park waterpark features a 4,000 sq. ft. beach-entry leisure pool, multiple water slides, a spray ground and in-pool basketball and volleyball.
It would be hard to find a park anywhere offering the abundance of outdoor adventures and activities that await at the breathtakingly beautiful Breaks Interstate Park in The Kentucky Wildlands.