Breaks Interstate Park RV & Campground Guide


Breaks Interstate Park is known as the “Grand Canyon of the South” because it’s home to a 5-mile gorge that’s 1,650 feet deep. There is abundant wildlife and nature to see in the park, from the moss that carpets the ground to the mountains in the distance. Visitors can mountain bike, river raft, rock climb, or simply relax and take in the scenery. 

Weather in the park is pretty mild. The average low in winter is in the mid-20s, while average highs in summer hit the low 80s. The park gets about 10 days of precipitation most months of the year.

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Spring 32-73 F
Summer 58-82 F
Fall 34-76 F
Winter 23-46 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Interstate Park has 115 sites that have electrical hookups. There are laundry facilities available at the campground, and a dump station is on-site as well. 

But there are also other campgrounds nearby you can try:

Cranesnest Campground

Cranesnest Campgound at the John W. Flannagan Dam & Reservoir Area is near a large lake, tucked in the green Cumberland Mountains of southwest Virginia. The dam, which was built for flood control for the Cranesnest and Pound Rivers, results in a beautiful lake about 1,400 feet above sea level. 

  • Water hookup: no

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: no

  • Wi-Fi: no

  • Pet friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, playground, boat launch, horseshoe pits

Southern Gap Outdoor Adventure

This campground is close to the state park, but also has plenty to do just on its own grounds! From archery tag to ATV trips, you can choose from several adventures to do on-site, or you can set up your base camp here and head to the park or other nearby activities during the day. 

  • Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes

  • Sewer hookup: yes

  • Wi-Fi: yes

  • Pet friendly: yes

  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, archery tag, ATV obstacle course

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What to Do at
Breaks Interstate Park

Inside Breaks Interstate Park

There are lots of things to do at Breaks Interstate Park. From water fun to other outdoor activities, here are some of the things you might want to try:

Hiking: There are more than 25 miles of hiking trails in the park, for all different levels of difficulty. While many trails are a mile or less long, interconnected trails allow those who want a longer trek to make the journey. 

Biking: There is a stack loop trail system that offers almost 12 miles of riding from moderate to difficult. If you aren’t bringing a mountain bike on your trip, you can rent both mountain bikes and e-bikes at the park. 

Horseback riding: There are pony rides available for children 3 and up, and horseback riding is available to guests 8 and up. Choose from either a half-hour or an hour ride.  

Geocaching: Take part in a 21st century treasure hunt and try to find a geocache! There are more than 60 geocaches hidden in and around the park, and GPS devices and maps with the coordinates are available at the Visitor’s Center. 

Boating: Pedal boats, hydro bikes, and canoes are available for rental on Laurel Lake.  

Fishing: Laurel Lake, Beaver Pond, and the Russell Fork River all offer excellent fishing. Try catching bluegill, bass, or rainbow trout. 

Ziplining: The Canyon Rim Zipline spans the rim of the Russell Fork River Gorge, across 2,000 feet of line with three different stops. 

Whitewater rafting: Rafting is available on the Russell Fork River. Every Saturday and Sunday in October, water is released from the John Flannagan Dam and Reservoir, creating world-class rapids. 

Outside Breaks Interstate Park

There’s plenty to do outside Breaks Interstate Park as well! From taking in the local sights to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 


The Blue Raven

Enjoy Kentucky and Appalachian foods that showcase quality ingredients at this comfort food restaurant. Enjoy shrimp & grits, cheese grit fritters, jumbo crab cakes and more.

Type: Southern pub food

Location: Pikeville, KY

Pig in a Poke

Pig in a Poke proudly announces they serve “the best pit BBQ in Kentucky.” Come see for yourself whether this is true and try their hand-pulled pork, slow smoked beef brisket, or tender baby back ribs. Everything is smoked over real hickory wood, and everything on the menu is made fresh each day.

Type: BBQ

Location: Pikeville, KY

The Bearded Moose

This family-friendly restaurant serves sandwiches, salads, burgers, and pizza, along with southern favorites like pork rind appetizers...or pork nachos, for that matter.

Type: American

Location: Richlands, VA


Best Place Antiques

Housed in an early 1900s hardware store, Best Place Antiques offers unique finds in a cozy, historic spot. The two floors of inventory display furnishings, collectibles, home goods, and local treasures. Pick up a special souvenir for yourself, or a creative gift for a friend! The shop also features products made in Virginia, and handmade crafts and art.

Location: Buchanan, VA


Hatfield McCoy Pikeville-Pike County Museum

See how the settlers in the area tamed the Appalachian wilderness. Learn more about Randolph McCoy and “Devil Anse” Hatfield and learn about the trouble between their families that has made them a modern legend.

Location: Pikeville, KY

Birch Knob Observation Tower

Head to this rock outcrop on the highest summit of Pine Mountain, where you can take in views of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and possibly even Ohio.

Location: Clintwood, VA

Coal Heritage Trail

This driving trail meanders through Buchanan County and highlights working and abandoned coal mine sites. The drive winds through breathtaking mountains, quaint towns, and by areas where miners worked to produce the coal that fueled the country.

Location: Richlands, VA

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How to Get to
Breaks Interstate Park

From Lexington, KY: Take I-64 E/I-75 S via the left ramp toward Knoxville/Ashland. Merge onto Bert T. Combs Mountain Pkwy East vis Exit 98 toward Campton/Prestonsburg. Bert T. Combs Parkway becomes KY-114. Then merge onto US-23 S/US-460 E toward Pikeville. Merge onto US-460 E/KY-80. Make a slight right onto KY-80/KY-80 E, then turn left onto Patty Loveless Dr/KY-80. Continue on KY-80, crossing into Virginia to the park entrance on the right. 

From Knoxville, TN: Take I-40 E toward Ashville. Then merge onto I-81 N via Exit 421 on the left toward Bristol, crossing into Virginia. Merge onto VA-140 W/Old Jonesboro Rd. via Exit 14 toward US-11/Rte 19N/Abingdon. Make a slight right onto W. Main St/US-11/US-19/Lee Hwy. Continue to follow W. Main St./US-11/Lee Hwy. Turn left onto US-19N/Bluefield Hwy/Porterfield Hwy SW. Continue to follow US-19N. Turn left onto VA-80. Turn right onto Redbud Hwy/VA-80. Follow VA-80 to the park entrance. 

From Charlotte, NC: Take I-77 N toward Statesville, crossing into Virginia. Merge onto I-77 N via Exit 72 toward Bluefield/Charleston WV, crossing into West Virginia. Take the US-52 N exit toward Bluefield. Turn right onto US-52 N/John F. Nash Blvd. Mergo onto US-460 W toward Bluefield, crossing into Virginia. US-460 becomes US-19 S. Turn right onto Redbud Hwy/VA-80. Continue to follow VA-80 35 miles to the park entrance. 

The address for the park is 627 Commission Circle, Breaks, VA 246007.

Entering Breaks Interstate Park

There is a small entrance fee for Breaks Interstate Park

Breaks Interstate Park Per Vehicle : $2.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Breaks Interstate Park

What is the best time of year to visit Breaks Interstate Park?

Wintertime is the best time to visit Breaks Interstate Park. Known as the Grand Canyon of the South, many people visit this park in the wintertime to hike while enjoying the majestic views of the wintry landscape.

What is the climate of Breaks Interstate Park?

Breaks Interstate Park is located along the border of Virginia and Kentucky. Therefore, you can expect a moderate climate. Summer highs can get in the 80s and 90s, while winter lows can be in the 20s and 30s.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Breaks Interstate Park?

Bird-watching enthusiasts love Breaks Interstate Park because of all the fowl here. American robins and Kentucky warblers are just a few of the birds you can spot. You can also see raccoons, deer, and even black bears in the park.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Breaks Interstate Park and what is the cost?

You must have a reservation to stay at Breaks Interstate Park's RV camping ground, and the approximate rate is $134 per night, plus tax. The campground is open April 1 through October 31.

Are pets allowed at Breaks Interstate Park?

Yes, pets are allowed at the RV park. However, all pets must be kept on a leash at all times, and guests are expected to pick up after their pets.