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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, 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 fantastic! Our guides, Avery and Austin, were very knowledgeable! The scenery was incredible, and the elk were majestic! The dinner was excellent! I highly recommend this tour! 
    The Elk Tour was fantastic! Our guides, Avery and Austin, were very knowledgeable! The scenery was incredible, and the elk were majestic! The dinner was excellent! I highly recommend this tour!  more »
  • We really enjoyed the Elk Tour. Avery the guide did an EXCELLENT job along with Austin. They both were very informative and helpful. They kept all of us on the tour smiling - can't say enough good.....  more
    We really enjoyed the Elk Tour. Avery the guide did an EXCELLENT job along with Austin. They both were very informative and helpful. They kept all of us on the tour smiling - can't say enough good.....  more »
  • We would highly recommend the elk tour at Breaks. We had a wonderful time on the tour led by knowledgeable and personable guide Avery who was also a skilled bus driver. He was aided by Austin who... 
    We would highly recommend the elk tour at Breaks. We had a wonderful time on the tour led by knowledgeable and personable guide Avery who was also a skilled bus driver. He was aided by Austin who...  more »
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  • Great place for families together and cookout, hike, camp, swimming, and enjoy the outdoors. There are paddle boats that you can enjoy riding on the lake, they hold up to 4 people. They have great camp sites along with play areas for the kids to run their energy out. The hiking trails are nice and can enjoy some beautiful sites or just a beautiful place to take some nice photos. There is a nice swimming area for families to enjoy on a nice hot day. They have beautiful cabins you can rent as well and enjoy for a nice stay. I would definitely recommend going here if you like to hike and like nature.
  • We got a camping site and went rock climbing here. Absolutely fantastic. The bathrooms were within walking distance from our camping site and it was easy to navigate. It was also really quite at night which I appreciate. The climbing was so good, we will be back. Probably for some winter climbing since all the routes get good sun. We also ate breakfast at the restaurant and everyone enjoyed their meals!
  • Absolutely loved this place! So close to trails and it’s absolutely gorgeous 🥹 camp sites aren’t too close together, the pool area has an extra cost to get in but it’s totally worth it! We saw so much wildlife here. Turkeys with their babies, deer, so many squirrels, and even a bear 🐻 Loved everything about it.
  • Very scenic. This would be a family friendly place to take a vacation. Nice pool with slides. Have a nice lake and visitor center. I know they have lodges and cabins for rent. Not sue about horseback riding, but plenty of hiking trails and the roads would be fine for bicycles.
  • We camped in one of the many camp sites they had. It was nice we was informed that there was bear activity and the game warden told us he had just run two bears 🐻 off. There really good to patrol the area and make sure everyone is aware and ok. I would recommend camping here to anyone

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