Are you looking for something to do with your whole family this weekend? Come out to Buggs Island Lake, this park provides access to Virginia’s largest lake.
On Friday, June 26th at 2 pm, come to the Visitor Center to discover Nature’s Superheroes in a fun activity and decide, “What kind of Superhero are You?” At 3:30 pm, children can make Noodle Jewelry. Then at 6 pm, park guests can go on an adventurous hayride to our abandoned campground, where they will learn about the park’s history and participate in fun, nature based activities.
For many people, campfires are an essential part of the camping experience.At 8:30 pm, Jessica, the park interpreter, will teach you how to build a campfire, then at 9 pm, enjoy the campfire while you listen to stories and roast marshmallows. Storytelling will include the history of the Occoneechee Indians,who once inhabited the land where the park is located.
On Saturday, June 27th at 3:30 pm, park guests have the opportunity to create their very own Dream Catcher and hear two legends behind this Native American craft. At 6 pm, join us for a Beginner’s Canoe Trip around Boat Ramp #2 cove. Participants must be at least 6 years old and wear an approved life jacket at all times. Life jackets, canoes, and paddles will be provided: however you can choose to supply your own. At 9 pm, you will have the opportunity to experience life like the nocturnal animals do in our Night Hike, and perhaps learn what creatures are making the mysterious sounds you hear in the forest. Meet us at Terrace Gardens near Campground B. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and bring plenty of bottled water for the Night Hike and Canoe Trip.
On Sunday, June 28th at 1 pm, learn how to make your very own wicker basket in Basket Weaving 101. Basket kits will be available for you to purchase. At 2:30 pm, park guests can go on a GPS Treasure Hunt! Participants will learn how to use the Global Positioning System to locate clues to find a hidden treasure in the park. This program is fun for the whole family to enjoy, and will teach you the basics of navigating with GPS. At 5 pm, walk the Plantation Trail (about 1.1 mile moderate hike) and learn about the fascinating history of the Occoneechee Plantation in our Plantation Tour. At 7 pm, join us in Colonial Games! Experience new games and old time favorites that the colonists used to play in the 1800s.
Occoneechee State Park will continue to provide you with many programs throughout the summer that will teach you about the park, its history, and nature through fun games and exciting activities. Look out for more entertaining and educational events!
National Wildlife Federation. Everyone attending one of Virginia State Parks’ events this weekend will be eligible for three grand prizes: seven nights camping in a Virginia State Park, 2 nights in a Virginia State Parks camping cabin, or an annual Naturally Yours Plus Parking Passport. Every participating park will give away a two night camping stay. ees may apply. Call Occoneechee State Park main office for details. (434) 374-2210