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Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Canyon, May 2003
Location Kentucky and Virginia, USA
Nearest city Elkhorn City, Kentucky
Coordinates 37°17′47″N 82°17′49″W / 37.29639°N 82.29694°W / 37.29639; -82.29694Coordinates: 37°17′47″N 82°17′49″W / 37.29639°N 82.29694°W / 37.29639; -82.29694
Area 4,500 acres (1,800 ha)
Established 1954
Visitors 300,000+ (in 2005)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation and Kentucky Department of Parks

Coordinates: 37°17′47″N 82°17′49″W / 37.29639°N 82.29694°W / 37.29639; -82.29694 Breaks Interstate Park, also referred as the "Grand Canyon of the South", is one of two interstate parks in the United States, located in southeastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia at the terminus of Pine Mountain (ridge). The Breaks 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 Virginia State Route 80, between Haysi, Virginia and Elkhorn City, Kentucky, and passes through the community of Breaks, Virginia east of the park.

American frontiermen, Daniel Boone, is accredited as being the first person to discover the Breaks, which he first saw in 1767.[1]



Breaks Interstate Park is located about 5 miles (8 km) east of Elkhorn City, Kentucky. The park itself covers 4,500 acres (18 km²). The parks main feature, Breaks Canyon, is five miles long and ranges from 830 feet to 1,600 feet deep. The canyon was formed by the Russell Fork River through millions of years of erosion.[2]

Amenities and recreation

  • Park Lodge with 82 guest rooms
  • 5 modern cabins, overlooks Laurel Lake
  • Campground with 122 campsites with utilities
  • Rhododendron Restaurant
  • Visitor's center - Highlights the area's historical and natural features
  • Rhododendron Lodge Conference Center - 6,000 sq feet, seats up to 525 people
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking - approximately 25 miles of trails, ranging from easy to difficult
  • Fishing in Laurel Lake
  • Horseback and pony rides
  • White water rafting on Russell Fork River
  • Amphitheater[3]


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