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Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks

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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 is also referred as the "Grand Canyon of the South", 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.

American frontiersman Daniel Boone is credited with being the first person of European descent to discover the Breaks, which he first saw in 1767.
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  • My wife and I decided to camp here for our anniversary and we did it with a first time rental RV that was 31 feet long. I chose a site in campground A that was site 54. I chose this site because it....  more »
  • Short informative Mtn bus ride to view the many beautiful herds of Elk. Gorgeous vistas, delicious food from Rho lodge & a very relaxing evening! Recommend for fam, couples or alone  more »
  • Grew up going here and camping, swimming, hiking...it's still great place to go and enjoy the outdoors. Lodging options, a great restaurant and even elk tours.  more »
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  • 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
  • Stayed in a cottage for a long cold weekend and loved it. So peaceful during the off season. The trails are rough but worth the effort. Some of the views are awesome.
  • This is an awesome park!! It has so much to do; a pool, paddle boats, canoes, john boats, a zip line, hotel, cabins, camping, hiking trails, beautiful views, & the Grand Canyon of the East!! The park is in 2 states; Virginia & Kentucky. It is huge and lots of fun!! Just make sure ya have plenty of cash: its $45 per person to ride the zip line! Paddle boats are reasonable; $6 for a half hour and $8 for a full hour. The campsites have electric, water, & sewer hookups for extra cash... There is also a theater and a restaurant in the park. Bathrooms were clean and very nice!! I recommend going to the Breaks to anyone! Its $2 per vehicle to go in and you can hike the trails for free! So its fun with or without $$$!!!! I loved it!
  • Great camping spots. Campground host from campground "C" was the best host we EVER had! Staff were all friendly & showed southern hospitality. They are bring back Elk to this region, adventurous Rock Climbing, in the summer can use the river for tubing, other times in the year whitewater rafting. For gentler activities spectacular Rhododendron blooms and all the beautiful flora & fauna nature hikes abound. Enjoy this park just don't let it become spoiled.

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