Breaks Interstate Park, also referred as the "Grand Canyon of the South", is located in southeastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia
at the northeastern terminus of Pine Mountain
. It is administered as a state park by the states of Virginia and Kentucky and is one of two interstate parks in the United States
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 frontiersman Daniel Boone is credited with being the first person of European descent to discover the Breaks, which he first saw in 1767.