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Virginia

Breaks Interstate Park

Adrenaline junkies and ecothusiasts looking to push their passion for outdoor adventure to new heights will find what they’re looking for in Virginia.  Check out these ten getaways to feed your life force in Virginia’s great outdoors.

Get the adrenaline pumping at Breaks Interstate Parks – the “Grand Canyon of the South.” Spanning the Virginia/Kentucky border in Southwest Virginia, “The Breaks” is one of two interstate parks in the nation. Class IV-VI rapids on the Russell Fork River run through the park, making for some of the best whitewater rafting on the East Coast.

The park, located on the Virginia/Kentucky border, is one of only two Interstate Parks in the nation. The park encompasses 4,500 acres of greenwood lands and mountain scenery, including the "Grand Canyon of the South".

History:
The name "Breaks" is derived from the break in Pine Mountain created by the Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River as it carved a 1,000 foot gorge on its way to the Ohio River.
The Russell Fork River has carved the largest canyon east of the Mississippi. Its craggy untouched beauty reaches more than five miles long and 1,600 feet deep.

Park features: olympic pool, a lake with paddleboats and fishing, hiking trails, picnic areas, camping areas, a visitor center, a gift shop, playground equipment, cabins, a lodge, motel rooms, a convention center,a restaurant and amphitheater.

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Whitewater rafting is available on the the Class IV-Class VI rapids of the Russell Fork River
Whitewater rafting is available on the the Class IV-Class VI rapids of the Russell Fork River

   
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