Breaks Interstate Park
Beautifully situated within a five-mile gorge known as the “Grand Canyon of the South” and straddling the Kentucky and Virginia state line, Breaks Interstate Park is filled with history, heritage and outdoor adventure.
Whether it’s incredible hiking or mountain biking, bountiful lake and river fishing or thrilling whitewater rafting, the exciting outdoor recreational opportunities at Breaks Interstate Park are sure to create unforgettable experiences. Outdoor lovers and nature enthusiasts from near and far flock to Breaks Park for a variety of adventures, such as kayaking and pedal boating, horseback riding, rock climbing, golfing and fantastic birding opportunities.
Explore These Trails
The gorgeous mountainous setting of Breaks Interstate Park is the gateway to more than 25 miles of scenic connected hiking trails of varying difficulties. Pick up trail maps from the Park Visitor Center to help plan your routes. Guided hikes are also available throughout the summer months. If you’re a mountain biker, explore 12 miles of moderate to difficult terrain along the highly revered stacked loop trail system (praised by multiple bike enthusiast websites). Mountain bikes and e-bikes are available to rent in season.
Hit The Water
Planning your next fishing trip? Fish for bass or bluegill from the 12-acre Laurel Lake and two-acre Beaver Pond. Or, cast out into the amply stocked Russell Fork River for rainbow trout. Fishing licenses are required, so be sure to stop by the Park Visitor Center to purchase one.
Russell Fork River is great for whitewater rafting. Gear up in the fall for your next rafting trip and take on major Class III & IV rapids head-on. More experienced, adventurous rafters and kayakers can experience Class V+ rapids through the Breaks Gorge. Enjoy a more leisurely kayak, canoeing or pedal boat experience on Laurel Lake. Don’t own a boat? No worries; boat rentals are available onsite.
Bring the kiddos and make a splash at the beachside waterpark. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Splash in the Park! features a 4,000-square-foot beach-entry leisure pool, a spray ground, four water slides, in-pool basketball and volleyball and other exciting water features.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Be sure to pack your binoculars, as Breaks Interstate Park is an excellent destination for bird watching. 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.
How about a round of golf? Tee off at the exclusive Willowbrook Country Club golf course (available for all overnight park guests) and play the beautifully maintained 18-hole course surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains.
Avid rock climbers will find a number of different locations and climbing routes available throughout the park. If you’re traveling with the kids, set out for some family fun with horseback riding (including lead line ponies available for children 8 & under) or outdoor treasure hunting with 60 geocaches hidden throughout the Breaks Park area.
Book Your Stay
Extend your Breaks Interstate Park vacation by booking one of the onsite accommodations. From lakefront cabins and woodland cottages to yurt-style bungalows and comfy lodge guest rooms, you can stay in style at Breaks Park. Plus, the park features a campground with 138 sites, including tent camping and RV hook-ups. Campers can enjoy campground amenities like a playground, basketball court, laundry facility and general store.
It would be hard to find a park anywhere offering the abundance of outdoor adventures and activities that await you at the breathtakingly beautiful Breaks Interstate Park. Start planning your Kentucky Wildlands vacation today. For guides, maps and can’t-miss adventure information, contact the Elkhorn City Tourism Department at 606-432-5063.