Breaks Interstate Park


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Breaks Interstate Park


Location:Park sits astride the state line shared by both Kentucky and Virginia. It is located 8 miles north of Haysi, Virginia, and 7 miles east of Elkhorn, Kentucky, on KY-VA 80.
Facilities:Lodge with 82 rooms and 1 suite (seasonal), cottages (year-round), restaurant (seasonal), convention center (seasonal), 122 campsites with utilities, showers, and restrooms (seasonal), picnic area, picnic shelters, hiking trails (12 miles), bike trails (2 miles), riding stables and trails, Olympic-sized swimming pool, concession stand, boat dock, pedal boat rental, visitor/interpretive center (seasonal), amphitheater, gift shop (seasonal).
Activities:Camping, boating (electric motors only), whitewater rafting, fishing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, interpretive programs.
Special Features:Often referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the South," Breaks Canyon, the deepest gorge east of the Mississippi River, is 5 miles long, 1,600 feet deep, and 250 million years old. The gorge was carved by the Russell Fork River, a tributary of the Big Sandy. The park is operated by a separate commission comprising members from both Virginia and Kentucky.
Address:PO Box 100
Breaks, VA 24607

Phone:800-982-5122
Web: www.parks.ky.gov/stateparks/bi
Size: 4,500 acres.

See other parks in Virginia.
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Hike through the Grand Canyon of the South at Breaks Interstate Park or up to Virginia's highest point -- Mount Rogers.
Areas such as the Red River Gorge, Breaks Interstate Park, Big South Fork, and other cliffy sites in the Cumberland Plateau appear to have an abundance of suitable nesting sites for the raven, Further, a growing reintroduced elk, Cervus elaphus, population that likely exceeds 3000, as well as an established coyote population in southeastern Kentucky (Cox 2003) have provided the raven with an additional food resource and the means by which to exploit it, respectively.
Route 460 Connector Phase I, which is under construction near Breaks Interstate Park, Route 460 and a connection with the proposed Route 121 (Coalfields Expressway) in Buchanan County.