Description - Fort Patrick Henry is named after the colonial fort, also known as Long Island Station, that was established nearby at the site of present-day Kingsport, Tennessee. The dam was built primarily for hydropower, but it is also used to regulate the flow of water downstream to ensure a reliable supply of water for local industry and for cooling water at TVA’s John Sevier Fossil Plant.
Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir is a popular site for fishing, particularly rainbow trout, bluegill, bass, and crappie. Warrior’s Path State Park is located on the reservoir.
- 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 which is located on the Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir; 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.
Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir, on the South Fork Holston River in east Tennessee, extends 10 miles upstream from the dam to Boone Dam.
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.