Cross Two States Off Your US Bucket List With A Trip To This Park

State parks are popular destinations, but have you ever been to an "interstate" park? No, it's not located on the highway — but it does give you the chance to experience two separate states during a single stay at one park.

Nestled in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains, on the border of Virginia and Kentucky, Breaks Interstate Park is a hidden gem that offers outdoor enthusiasts a nirvana for adventure. With its breathtaking landscapes, and diverse activities, the park allows travelers to experience the best of both states.

"While there is no easy way to get to Breaks Interstate Park, the effort and after-midnight arrival back home was worth it! We highly recommend the Elk Tour which showcases Virginia's success with bringing elk back to the Appalachian Mountains. They estimate their herd has grown from 75 to 300 in about 11 years," wrote one of many TripAdvisor reviewers who absolutely loved the Elk Tour. "The Park/tour staff are entertaining and knowledgeable. The picnic dinner, included with the tour, was delicious and the accompanying view of a herd of 50+ elk was amazing. We even caught two bulls sparring as it is the beginning of the rut."

Breaks Interstate Park showcases the beauty and diversity of the natural landscapes in both states. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie seeking rock-climbing thrills, a nature lover exploring hiking trails, a water enthusiast navigating the river, or love a good zipline adventure, this park has something for everyone.

Outdoor adventures in Breaks Interstate Park

The terrain of Breaks Interstate Park is rugged, which makes for an ideal playground for rock climbers of all levels. A series of towering sandstone cliffs offer thrilling opportunities for climbers to test their skills and there are a whopping 391 total climbs. Novices can find doable routes with the guidance of local outfitters, while seasoned climbers can take on more challenging ascents. The panoramic views from the top of the cliffs are a reward in themselves.

There's also an extensive trail system with a range of hiking options. The Laurel Branch Trail, which follows a mountain stream, provides a leisurely hike for all skill levels. More experienced hikers can tackle the Ridge Trail, which offers stunning views of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains.

The Russell Fork River, which meanders through the heart of the park, invites water enthusiasts to partake in a variety of boating activities. Kayaking and canoeing are popular choices, allowing visitors to navigate the rapids and soak in the serenity of the river.

Ziplining enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover Breaks' Canyon Rim Zip Line where they can "fly through the Grand Canyon of the South." It boasts more than 2,300 feet of lines and, if you're feeling a little nervous, don't worry — there are guides on hand to assist with any questions and ensure safety.

Where to stay at Breaks Interstate Park

To fully immerse yourself in the Breaks Interstate Park experience, consider staying at the park's lodge. The Chafin Lodge offers comfortable accommodations with modern amenities, including breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

"We stayed in a two-room suite for two nights and found it clean, comfortable, and well equipped. It's certainly not luxurious, but it had all of the amenities we required, including: microwave, refrigerator, stove, coffee maker, two large flat-screen TVs, a dining area, covered balcony, comfortable king size bed, and large jetted tub," wrote a reviewer on TripAdvisor. "The suite was clean, and had obviously been recently serviced before our visit."

For a more rustic experience, there is a large campground with 138 campsites in the park. You can easily walk to facilities like showers and picnic areas, so you'll be connected to nature without sacrificing all convenience. Additionally, you can reserve a stay at one of the park's Lakeside Cabins, Woodland Cottages or rustic Yurts. With numerous opportunities to stay in nature, partake in outdoor adventures, and enjoy breathtaking scenery, a visit to this beautiful interstate park offers the best of both Virginia and Kentucky.