Warriors' Path State Park

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Warriors' Path State Park


(423) 239-8531

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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's land has known a long history of travelers, and it 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 the Tennessee Valley Authority's Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River.

Map of Warriors' Path (TN)

Latitude, Longitude: 36.498469, -82.486974



  • Boating

    Pleasure boating and water skiing are very popular on Patrick Henry Reservoir. There are boats available for rental at the marina, including paddle boats and canoes. Two public use ramps are located at the park marina, where there is also a snack bar. 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. The marina also has a service dock and fuel.

  • Bicycling

    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.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Tour buses are welcome to the park.

  • Camping

    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 through Labor Day. Modern bathhouses provide hot showers and lavatories. There are two dumping stations available for self-contained RVs and trailer rigs. Campsites are available on first come, first-served basis. The maximum length of stay is two weeks year around. The campground check-in station is located near the campground entrance.

  • Fishing

    Visitors enjoy lake fishing year-round at Warriors' Path. A valid Tennessee fishing license is required. Catches generally include crappie, bream, bass, trout, and catfish.

  • Golfing

    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.

  • Hiking

    Nearly 12 miles of trails meander through the park's woodlands, offering great views, a diversity of wildlife habitats, and a richness typical of 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. Popular trails include the Lakeshore Trail, an easy half mile walk along the lakeshore, Devil's Backbone Trail, a 2.5-mile trail with ridgetop overlooks and the remnants of early settlements, and the Sinking Waters Trail System, which leads through the marsh over a boardwalk.

  • Historic Sites

    Many of the hiking trails lead to small sites of historical interest, including the Strickler Ferry Road, an 1800s railroad grade, and the remnants of an early settlement in the valley.

  • Horseback Riding

    A good selection of riding horses and ponies are available at the park stables. The riding trail winds through interesting and scenic woodlands to make a guided ride an entertaining experience. Guest may board their own horses at the stables if there is space. Please contact the park for more information.

  • Picnicking

    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 close 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.

  • RVing

    Many of the campsites are equipped with water and electric hookups, and there is are dumping stations in the park.

  • Water Sports

    The park has an Olympic-sized swimming pool adjacent to the camping area. The pool is open from Memorial Day through mid-August. There is a lifeguard on duty during swimming hours.


Summer temperatures range from the high 80s to the mid-60s. Winter average temperatures range from the mid-20s to the 50s.



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

Phone Numbers


(423) 239-8531