Breaks Interstate Park
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Introduction

Situated in Kentucky and Virginia with views of the Jefferson National Forest and Pine Mountain, Breaks Interstate Park is the outdoor lover's dream, encompassing over 4,500 acres of trails, rock climbing opportunities, and canyons. Located just five miles from Elkhorn City, Kentucky, this state park is a perfect destination for your next RV vacation. You'll have opportunities for outdoor recreation in a unique two-state atmosphere. From hiking and mountain biking to horseback riding and bird watching, Breaks Interstate Park offers a vast variety of outdoor fun.

Hidden ponds and interesting rock faces will delight all that come to see. Elevations rise from 870 feet at Russell Fork River in the canyon bottom up to 1,978 feet at the Clinchfield Overlook. There are several types of birds in the park and lots of native wildlife, from bears to otters. History buffs will enjoy knowing that they are walking in the footsteps of Daniel Boone.

As soon as you park your camper at Breaks Interstate Park you can wonder out to more than 25 miles of hiking trails. For birdwatchers, you can enjoy the Virginia Birding and Wildlife trail. Take a trail ride on a guided horseback trail if you dream of being a cowboy. Breaks Interstate Park is a great RV destination during your summer travels. Due to cooler temperatures, the peak season is March through November.

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Transportation in Breaks Interstate Park

Driving

Breaks Interstate Park is easily accessible by RV or car, since it's only five miles from Elkhorn City, KY, off of KY-80. Local roads will take you anywhere in the park you wish to go, from the Lodge and restaurant to the campgrounds and trail heads. Due to construction there may be some road accessibility issues throughout the park, so plan accordingly if your are in an RV, pulling a trailer, or in another vehicle. Parking options for RVs and trailers are located at trail heads, near the Rhododendron Restaurant & Conference Center, horseback riding stables, and the Visitor Center. Of course, if you are staying overnight you can park in the campground. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers within the park.

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Campgrounds and parking in Breaks Interstate Park

Campsites in Breaks Interstate Park

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Breaks Interstate Park Campground

Breaks Interstate Park offers 138 pet-friendly campsites available for tents and RVs from March to November. The campsites are divided into Campground A, B, C, and D. Campground D offers grassy areas versus wooded areas offered by the other sites. The campsites provide access to electricity and water, with some sites including sewer. Amenities at the campground include a dump station, firewood sales, ice sales, a playground, restrooms, laundry facilities, propane, a telephone, an Information Center, store, and a basketball court. Campsites have gravel pads, offer a picnic table, and have both back-in and pull-through accessibility. Trailer length is 45' maximum and RV length is 62' maximum. You'll have everything you need to enjoy a lovely RV camping trip at this state park.

First-come first-served

Breaks Interstate Park Campground

Breaks Interstate Park Campground offers limited availability for first-come, first-served guests. While reservations are recommended, if there are open sites you may choose one and use the drop box at the woodshed for payment for one night. If you don't have a reservation, but want to stay for multiple nights, you should visit the Camp Store or reservation desk at the Lodge for more details. If you are camping with your RV the maximum length is 62 feet. For trailers, the maximum length is 45 feet. This campground offers a wide range of amenities including a playground, dump station, and laundry facility. Some sites offer full hookups, while others offer hooks ups for just water and electricity. The camp store and hiking trails are within walking distance.

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Seasonal activities in Breaks Interstate Park

In-Season

Horesback Riding

For the equestrian, hitting the trail at Breaks Interstate Park is an option. This state park has the options for those 10 and under to experience a safe, fun environment around the stables with an experienced wrangler. The 11 and older group will be able to experience the breathtaking views and amazing scenery Breaks Interstate Park has to offer during a 30-minute guided trail ride. To have an enjoyable adventure, wear long pants and close-toed.

Biking

Breaks Interstate Park offers amazing scenery on the Mountain Bike Trail. After you park your RV, grab your bike and head out onto the 12 miles of cycling trails. With a stack loop trail system, the trails range from moderate to difficult, so there is something for all. Depending upon which route you choose, you will experience the possibilities of good climbs and long downhill runs.

Hiking

With over 25 miles of hiking trails you will want to pack good hiking shoes to trek out on the various hiking trails at Breaks Interstate Park. Most trails are less than one mile long and range from easy to difficult. The Ridge and Geological trails are self-guided and you can pick up a booklet at the visitor center. The Overlook Trail begins at Clinchfield Overlook, which has an elevation of 1,978 feet. Guided hikes are available during the summer.

Off-Season

Visiting the Visitor's Center

To learn more about the park, park your RV at the Visitor's Center and check out the historical and cultural museums that are located inside. The displays you can walk through include the gristmill, moonshine still, and Counts cabin, where you can learn about natural and cultural history of the park. The 24-hour touch screen kiosk inside the Visitor's Center will give you additional park information and trail maps.

Geocaching

Come out and enjoy the 21st Century's hide and seek in high-tech style! Using a GPS device, you can hide and seek small containers called caches or geocaches. Many post the experience online. This outdoor treasure game is fun for all ages to enjoy. Breaks Interstate Park has more than 60 geocaches hidden in the area. At the Visitor's Center you can pick up a GPS device and map that show the Geocache Coordinates.

Birding

Breaks Interstate Park is part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife trail, and has many species of birds for your viewing pleasure, so make sure those binoculars are in the RV. Some birds that you may encounter include the Swainson's Warbler, Osprey, Red Tail Hawk, Hooded Warbler, and Black and White Warbler. If you are lucky you may even see Peregrine Falcons. The Visitor's Center provides a checklist of the different species found here and a Recent Sighting List.

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