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Warrior Path State Park
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Warrior Path State Park
Description - Warrior's 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.

Attractions - Warrior's Path Golf Course is an 18-hole daily fee course located on the shores of Fort Patrick Henry Lake and the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. This course is one of the most popular in the Tennessee State Parks system. The par 72 course was designed by George Cobb and opened for play in 1972. It measures 6601 from the Men's Championship tees and 5204 from the lady's tees. It is along rolling countryside and has a scenic view of the Lake from #5 tee. The Signature hole #14, a Par 3, 200 yards long. This course is a favorite of many golfers in the Tri-Cities area and also features a large practice facility complete with large teeing ground, practice green and practice bunker.

Other points of interest are the Bays Mountain Nature Center, Allandale Mansion, Appalachian Caverns, The Netherland Inn and the Steels Creek Park and Nature Center.

Recreation - Warrior's Path State Park offers hiking, biking, fishing, camping and picnicking activities.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - From Knoxville, take Interstate 81 north and take exit 59. Travel north on Route 36 and turn right on Hemlock Road and continue to the park entrance.

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Filed By: B. Wilder
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This report is for the last campout at this location. Labor Day weekend, 2004. The campground was full, and since they do not take reservations, it's on a first come first serve basis, always, we ended up in the overflow. The overflow campground was almost as nice as the main campground. Had a full bathhouse/shower available. Cost is less as there is no water/electric in the overflow. All site had firepits. The main campground, all sites have water/electric, all sites in main and overflow have firepits. NO sites have sewage on site, but main has 2 dump stations. Main campground has 3 bathrooms, with the main one containing the showers, and they are kept clean. My husband and I camp at Warrior's Path several times a year, and I've never seen the bathrooms in bad condition. Just well used. The sites are well maintained, and roomy, all are wooded. In our opinion, the best time to camp is in the off season, Oct. and Nov. Cooler temps, fewer campers, more choices of sites. A nice side trip is to the marina, across the river. There is a walking path that is really nice. It's paved. Picnic areas, playground, etc. Both the main and overflow campgrounds have very manueverable hiking paths. some are easier than others, but for the most part, none are impossible, even for beginners. If you're not into hiking, a walk around the campground itself is a nice evening time thing to do. If you live close by, it's a good idea to drive through the campground before hand and find sites you would like, if you have a large outfit. Also, if you want to be sure you get a spot before you bring your camper in...take a small tent along, as you HAVE to have a tent or camper on site before you can register. Do this only if you really want a particular site and it's open when you do your drive through. It's not fair to other campers to do so otherwise. There is a Food City grocery store about 3 miles from the campground, so if you forget anything, not to worry. There is also a Super Wal-Mart not too far in the event what you need can't be bought at the grocery store. Both are on Highway 36. To get around the campground, when you first come into it, after you pass the registration building, it's easier if you take the road uphill to the right and come around, unless you know where you want to go. This way, you get a better overview of the campground, and since a lot of the sites are 'slanted', to make it easier to back into, it's just easier to go that route. They do not tolerate any rude or disruptive behavior, which makes it a very nice place to camp, always quiet, within normal range (can kids ever be quiet? haha). If you want a restaurant lunch at some point, there are all kinds of good restaurants in Kingsport. As you go out of the campground, take a right at the red light. Take highway 36 to Eastman Road, and take a right. All along there, and just past there are some nice places to eat. Also along Stone Drive, just off of Eastman, there is a Texas Roadhouse, Applebee's, and a BBQ place on the left side after you turn left at that light. Further up Stone Drive is Rush Street Grill, also on the left. Hope this helps. Happy Camping!!! B. Wilder

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Warrior's Path State Park, P.O. Box 5026 , Kingsport, TN, 37663, Phone: 423-239-8531, Fax: 423-239-4982

Additional Information:
East Tennessee Region - There are over 30 State Parks and Historical Monuments, the Cherokee National Forest and he Great Smoky Mountains National Park to visit in this travel region. All recreational activities are within a days drive of Knoxville.
Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir -
Tennessee State Parks - Tennessee offers over 50 State Parks located throughout the state. These parks provide opportunity for a wide variety of recreational activities from visiting historical sites to whitewater rafting.

Tennessee State Parks - Official Agency Website


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