Warriors' Path State Park

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Warriors' Path State Park
Warriors' Path State Park Banner.jpg
Park Type State Park
Located Kingsport, Tennessee
External Links Official Website

Official Trail Map

Entrance Fee None
ActivitiesThings to do at the park HikingBoatingBikingGeocachingHorsesFishing
Park AmenitiesThings built to enjoy or use at the park GolfDisc GolfPoolsFast Food GrillBeachesSportsPicnickingPlaygrounds
FeaturesNatural things to see at the park WaterfallsVistasRiversLakes
Park Trails

24 Trails / Total of 17.92 miles28.839 km <br />

Lodging Types Campground
Camping Amenities

Site waterDump station20 amp electrical30 amp electrical50 amp electricalShowersPlaygroundsWi-FiCamp Store

Park Area 950 acres3.845 km² <br />
Operated By Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
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Park Overview[edit]

Warrior's Path State Park has 24 trails covering 17.92 miles good for quick after work jaunts with the kids and pets for a quick stroll.

How to get there[edit]

The park address is 490 Hemlock Road, Kingsport, Tennessee 37663

From downtown Kingsport, TN:

  1. Take Fort Henry Drive/TN-36 toward Colonial Heights.
  2. Turn left at stoplight by Food City onto Hemlock Road. (Warning: Red Light camera intersection this direction.)
  3. Follow Hemlock Road under railroad underpass. The park ranger station is just inside the main entrance.

From I-81:

  1. Take TN Exit 59 (Kingsport).
  2. Turn NW on Fort Henry Drive/TN-36.
  3. Turn right (north) onto Colonial Heights (by Zoomerz, Sunoco). (Warning: Red Light camera intersection in this direction. Come to a complete stop if the light is yellow or red before making turn.)
  4. Continue on Colonial Heights road as it makes a sharp left and then right over railroad tracks.
  5. Turn right (east) on Hemlock Road. The main park entrance can be seen.

Trailheads are in several different locations, so refer to the specific trail descriptions.

Park Trails[edit]

The park offers the following trails to explore:

Park Trails Distance Difficulty Marking Usage Highlight
Main Park Trails
Connector 0.28 mi Easy None

HikingFishing

Devil's Backbone 1.20 mi Medium Red

HikingFishingGeocaching

Fall Creek Loop 0.92 mi Medium Orange

HikingGeocaching

Holston Bluffs 0.38 mi Easy White

Hiking

Lake Hollow 0.56 mi Easy None

HikingFishing

Lakeshore 0.31 mi Easy Black

HikingFishing

Overlook 0.73 mi Easy None

Hiking

Riverbank 0.24 mi Easy Blue

HikingFishing

Sinking Waters 1.75 mi Easy Green, Yellow, Blue

Hiking

Three connected loops and a stream that disappears into a sinkhole
Woodland Ridge 0.78 mi Medium None

HikingHorses

Mountain Bike Trail System
Boneyard 2.41 mi Medium Black Triangle

HikingBiking

Boneyard Connector 0.04 mi Easy None

BikingHiking

Darwin's Connector 0.10 mi Easy None

HikingBiking

Darwin's Revenge 2.06 mi Medium Black Diamond

HikingBikingGeocaching

Fawn Loop 0.61 mi Easy Yellow

HikingBiking

Lake Road 0.84 mi Easy None

BikingHiking

The main trail artery of the Mountain Bike System
Magic Carpet Ride 0.20 mi Medium None

BikingHiking

Pawpaw 0.56 mi Medium Blue

BikingHiking

Half mile loop that can be added to Lake Road or connect with Whitetail
Pawpaw Connector 0.10 mi Easy None

HikingBiking

Ridge Top 0.48 mi Hard None

BikingHiking

Rock City 0.50 mi Medium Black

BikingHiking

Whitetail Alternate 0.20 mi Medium None

HikingBiking

Whitetail Loop 2.31 mi Medium Blue Triangle

HikingBiking

One of the three main loops of the mountain bike trails
Zipline 0.35 mi Easy None

BikingHiking

Alternate to/from other trails rather than using Lake Road

A couple mile loop around most of the park campground can be done on Lake Hollow, Connector, and Lakeshore trails.
Devil's Backbone and Fall Creek Loop trails also make a nice combination.

Riverbank Trail no longer connects across Fall Creek Road with Holston Bluffs Trail.

Park Lodging[edit]

Park offers 134 camping sites. All of which allows either tents or RV's. Sites fill up quickly on most summer weekends. It is ill advised to arrive without a reservation in the summer.

Campground[edit]

Campground has bath houses spread around the park, including showers. Two dump stations are available at the front and rear of the campground.

Other Park Amenities[edit]

  • Pool
  • Golf Course
  • Playgrounds
  • Amphitheater
  • Picnic areas
  • Pavilions
  • Tennis courts
  • Boat launches
  • Marina with restaurant
  • Soccer fields
  • Disc golf
  • Basketball court
  • Horseback riding stables

Fees, Permits, etc.[edit]

The park has no day use, trail head, or entrance fees.

Camping fees range from $11-$20 per night depending on time of year and site amenities plus a $3 per reservation fee and taxes. Reservations can be made at their website.

Dining[edit]

Inside the marina is a snack bar offering select grill items, drinks, and other standard small store concessions.

Seasonal Events[edit]

  • Winter Gardening Seminar
  • Spring Nature Festival
  • Dragonfly Day
  • Summer in the Park
  • Folklife Festival
  • Environmental Education Workshop
  • Adopt a Tree
  • Christmas on the Lake
  • Recreation and Nature Activities

Misc. Information[edit]

Formally a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) park.

The park name is "plural possessive." It is the path of multiple Warriors.

In 2019 a major renovation program was announced by the park as part of a $6 million program. Renovations include upgrading the water main, building a new marina with dock and covered slips, transforming the recreation hall on Duck Island into the park headquarters and visitors center, and modify the overflow campground to be better suited to modern large RV's. Work is expected to begin in 2020. No statement of completion time frame.

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