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Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks

#24 of 101 in Nature in Virginia
Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
Breaks Interstate Park is a bi-state state park located partly in southeastern Kentucky and mostly in southwestern Virginia, in the Jefferson National Forest, at the northeastern terminus of Pine Mountain. Rather than their respective state park systems, it is instead administered by an interstate compact between the states of Virginia and Kentucky. It is one of several interstate parks in the United States, but only one of two operated jointly under a compact rather than as two separate state park units. The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Kentucky Department of Parks are still major partner organizations, however.
The Breaks, also referred as the "Grand Canyon of the South", is the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi River, through which the Russell Fork river and Clinchfield Railroad (now the CSX Transportation Kingsport Subdivision) run. It is accessed via highway 80 (Virginia 80 and Kentucky 80), between Haysi, Virginia and Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and passes through the community of Breaks, Virginia east of the park.
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  • The Elk Tour was absolutely amazing and very much worth the fee. The tour includes a full meal so come hungry. The park itself is wonderful, but taking a bus out to see the elk is even better. The....  more »
  • The Visitor Center lady offered me excellent advice about a trail to try, on the day I rode my motorcycle to this park. I followed her advice and learned a lot on the Chestnut Ridge trail, in...  more »
  • Love visiting this park. Beautiful overlooks to gorgeous mountains. Well maintained and easy accessible trails and overlooks. Good picnic places. Only a couple playgrounds, paddle board are neat! Cute little country shop in lodge with little hillbilly gifts.
  • My husband and I come down from Texas, here to The Breaks, in Virginia (on the border of Kentucky& Va.) where his family has held their family reunion at this same place for almost 27yrs. This place is so serene, peaceful, but most of I'm grateful to spend it with family!! This is a beautiful place to go if your vacationing out this way
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