Red Clay State Historic Park is offer a range of special activities this weekend at the park on the southern border of Bradley County, according to John Radford, seasonal interpretive ranger.
Red Clay State Historic Park will offer a range of special activities this weekend at the park located on the southern border of Bradley County, according to John Radford, seasonal interpretive ranger.
On Friday, activities will include an atlatl demonstration at 1:30 p.m., edible plant hike at 4 p.m., and science at the Blue Hole at 6:30 p.m.
Atlatl was a widely used Native American hunting tool. The demonstration will be held in the field next to the Visitors Center Gazebo. Attendees should bring sunscreen and a bottle of water.
Individuals interested in the edible plant hike should meet Radford at the gazebo for the walk through the park. Visitors will learn about nature’s bounty and how there’s always a meal to be had, if you look in the right places. Participants should bring sturdy shoes and sunscreen.
Science of the Blue Hole will feature a fun and informative talk by Radford on what makes the Blue Hole such a wonder.
On Saturday, activities will include a blowgun demonstration, science of the Blue Hole, demonstration of the sport of chunkey, and a campfire.
The blowgun demonstration begins at 1:30 p.m. Participants should meet behind the Visitor Center for the demonstration of the Cherokee weapon. You will be able to try it out and leave with more knowledge on the topic.
Radford will again be sharing information behind the science of the Blue Hole at 4 p.m.
At 6:30 p.m., there will be a fun round of chunkey behind the Visitor Center. This gambling game is a staple of Cherokee history and a critical pastime of this culture. It will be a treat for families of all ages.
At 8 p.m., the campfire will be held behind the Cherokee Farmhouse. Radford suggests you bring lawn chairs and “prepare for a fun and exciting evening.”
The activities on Sunday begin at 1 p.m. with a bow-and-arrow demonstration next to the Gazebo at the Visitors Center. A demonstration and explanation of the bow and arrow will be given.
“Give it a shot for yourself and master those archery skills,” Radford said. If you are under 18, bring a parent or guardian.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, there will be a Blue Hole Trail Hike. Stop by the Cherokee farmhouse for an easy and shaded walk to the Council Spring. Bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, bug spray and water. "It will be fun for all ages," Radford said.
At 6:30 p.m. Sunday, the park will hold its Creek Stomp.
The name says it all. Do you love nature? Are you ready to get your feet wet? Join Radford at the Council Spring for a walk down the creek, for some exploring and to see what you can find.
Make sure to wear water-appropriate clothing and bring bug spray.
Red Clay State Park’s Junior Ranger Camp will be held July 9-12, with registration open until June 22. The age range is 8-13. The camp will feature hiking, testing water, meeting various EMS professionals, learning about snakes and birds, camping out and learning about 19th century Tennessee.
The camp cost is $50. For more information, contact htps://tnstateparks.com/parks/event_details/red-clay/#/?event=RCSP-junior-ranger-camp2018.
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