Warriors' Path State Park was named for the park's proximity to the ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee. Since that time, the park land has known a long history of travelers, and is still a pathway for modern-day outdoor enthusiasts. The 950-acre area was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Authority is 1952, to serve the people who live in or visit this section of Northeast Tennessee. It is situated on the shores of TVA's Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River.
Darrell's Dream Boundless Playground
The playground opened at Warriors' Path in April 2007 featuring a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all abilities. Warriors' Path was the first state park in the nation to provide a Boundless Playground for visitors. The fulfillment of Darrell’s Dream was made possible by outstanding support from Friends of Warriors’ Path, an organization that assists the park in its efforts to preserve and enhance its existing facilities and resources.
Bicycles are welcome on park roads and many bikers enjoy the paved path around Duck Island. There are over 8.5 miles of scenic and challenging biking trails available for public use.
Pleasure boating and water skiing are very popular on Patrick Henry Reservoir. Boats available for rental at the marina include paddle boats and canoes. Two public use ramps are located at the park marina with a snack bar located inside. A small ramp for camper use only is in the campground. Boat launching ramps are free of charge. The marina has 54 uncovered slips available for rent. Also available at the marina is a service dock and fuel.
The park has 134 campsites, all with tables and grills, and 94 are equipped with water and electric hookups. The other 40 sites are located in the overflow campground which is only open from Memorial Day - Labor Day. Modern bathhouses provide hot showers and lavatories. There are 2 dumping stations available for self-contained RV's and Trailer rigs. Length of stay is two weeks year around. The campground check-in station is located near the campground entrance.
Year-round lake fishing can be enjoyed at Warriors' Path. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required. Catches generally include crappie, bream, bass, trout and catfish.
Warriors' Path Golf Course is a George Cobb-designed, 18-hole course located on the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The par 72 course is one of the most popular layouts in the Tri-Cities area and offers a comprehensive practice facility complete with large teeing ground, practice green and practice bunker. The golf course at Warriors’ Path has also been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International and designated as a Groundwater Guardian Green Site by The Groundwater Institute.
Nearly 12-miles of trails meander through park woodlands offering great views, a diversity of wildlife habitats, and a richness of typical East Tennessee forests, fields and wetlands. The paved walking path around Duck Island is fully accessible, and other fully accessible trails are in the planning stages. Several other trails are also under development and one that includes a small boardwalk through the Sinking Waters wetland area.
A good selection of riding horse and ponies are available at the park stables. The riding trail winds through interesting and scenic woodlands to make your guided ride an entertaining experience. Guest may board their own horses at the stables bases on space availability. Please contact the park for more information.
Warriors' Path is one of the most popular picnic areas in the state. Thirty-seven picnic tables with grills are scattered along the park's lakeshore. The picnic tables are easily accessible to restrooms, water fountains, concession stands and playgrounds.
There are five picnic pavilions available to rent for large groups. Pavilions may be rented up to one year in advance.
The park has an olympic-sized swimming pool adjacent to the camping area. The pool is open from Memorial Day through mid-August. All park public pools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, except Holiday weeks. Please call the park for those schedules. Camping guests will pay half price for admission to the pool. There is a lifeguard on duty during swimming hours.
The disc golf course has been a very popular recreational facility at the park for several years. It is a fun and challenging course with 22 holes open at this time. The local disc golf association does a great job of maintaining the course and holds frequent competitions. The course is considered as one of the best in the state!
Tour buses are welcome.
Warriors' Path State Park, PO Box 5026, Hemlock Road, Kingsport , TN 37663More Info