Warrior’s Path State Park, located on the shores of the Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River, has long been one of the region’s greatest treasures as both locals and visitors to the area can attest.
The 950-acre park, which is named for the Great Indian Warpath that was used by the Iroquois in war raids with the Cherokee and other tribes, is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Why? Because there’s so much to do at Warriors’ Path, which means you’re in for plenty of fun and adventures.
One of the park’s greatest attributes is its Boundless Playground where children of all physical and mental abilities can play together. It’s the only Tennessee State Park that features this remarkable play area which opened in 2007. Other fully accessible areas include the Lions Narnia Braille Trail that has eight sensory stations along a quarter-mile that relays the story of Aslan of the Chronicles of Narnia, the Anderson Treehouse, and the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater.
Other activities include:
Boating: An extremely popular activity on the Patrick Henry Reservoir, there are two public ramps located at the park marina, which are free to use. Boats can also be rented, including single and tandem kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats, and canoes.
Fishing: If casting a line is the way you like to relax, Fort Patrick Henry Lake will be right up your alley. The lake is a popular hot spot for fishermen and is loaded with bass, trout, catfish, crappie, and Hybrid Striped Bass.
Golfing: The 18-hole, par 72 course was designed by George Cobb and since opening in 1972 has been one of the most popular in the Tennessee State Parks system. A favorite among regional golfers, it features an incredible view of the lake from the fifth tee and a large practice facility, complete with a practice green and bunker.
Hiking: Warriors’ Path features 12 miles of easy to moderate hiking trails that lead you through fields and forests, over high bluffs, and along serene streams. While many visitors enjoy hiking on their own, the park also offers guided hikes.
Biking: Home to a designated National Recreation Trail, a system of more than 12.5 miles of challenging and scenic bike trails, the park also offers a paved path around Duck Island. The path, which is less than a mile long, is open to cyclists and pedestrians.
Camping: The park boasts 134 campsites, complete with grills and tables. Many of the campsites have water and electric hookups and there are also bathhouses with hot showers and lavatories, along with dumping stations.
Swimming: One of the best places to hang out during warm weather, Warriors’ Path features an outdoor Olympic size pool with a 12-foot diving pool and a children’s wading pool.
Disc Golf: A fun and challenging course with 22 holes awaits the many disc golfers who love to play at Warriors’ Path. Considered one of the top courses in the state, this is a must if you enjoy disc golf!
The park is also a wonderful place to go horseback riding – there are two miles of trails that run along a scenic woodlands area – and bird watching as the forest is home to a large number of beautiful songbirds.
Without a doubt, Warriors’ Path is one of the region’s most popular recreational areas and a perfect place to #GetIntoTheOutdoors in Kingsport!