Although park facilities such as the golf course, campsites, and pool do generate revenue, this money does not become part of the park’s operating budget but instead goes into the state’s overall budget. Monies returned to the Warriors’ Path budget are not adequate to meet current or future needs for maintenance and improvements.
Friends of Warriors Path State Park, a group of concerned citizens, wishes to help the park by establishing a non-profit organization to improve, protect, and preserve Warriors’ Path State Park through user ideas, funding, and volunteer labor.
Major Goals Are….
Develop a Nature and Interpretive Center
Renovate Camping, Playground, and Picnic Areas
Reconstruct Marina, to include new snack bar and private party area
Construct Golf Pavilion for hosting tournaments Add restrooms on the golf course
Improve and Expand Sports Venues.
Add covered boat slips and increase the capacity of boat slips
Secure Emergency Medical Equipment
Continue maintenance and upkeep of "Boundless Playground" to allow children of all abilities to play alongside each other.
Re-design Friends website
Build Disc Golf shelter for use during tourneys for registration, scoring, and awards ceremonies.
Continue to help Second Harvest by hosting Ice Bowls.
Upgrade and Expand Biking, Hiking, and Walking Trails
Expand Disc course to 36 holes creating two 18-hole courses elevating Warriors Path to a “Destination Disc Golf” status in the national Disc Golf community
Work with ETSU and other community leaders to submit RTP grant for $200,000 to pave parking lot at trailhead.
What do you know about
Warriors’ Path State Park.
…of Tennessee’s 52 state parks Warriors’ Path is the park visited by the most people?
…the average daily visitation is over 8,000?
…in the summer months, more than one million people visit Warriors’ Path?
What is so special about this northeastern Tennessee park located along the South Fork of the Holston River? Its natural beauty and history are paramount to its attraction. It lies just to the west of the Blue Ridge Mountains and was once a main travel route for the Native Americans and early settlers. The Great Wilderness Road came though Kingsport, and Daniel Boone with a crew of axmen began his trailblazing path to Kentucky from Long Island of the Holston, just downstream of the park.
Also, Davey Crockett was born nearby on the banks of the Nolichucky River.The park was named for its close proximity to a route used by Native Americans to travel between tribes. Early settlers came here in the late 1700s and cleared land for farming crops and for pastureland. In the 1930s the Tennessee Valley Authority began acquiring land along the river, In 1952, Fort Patrick Henry Dam was built, and the river bottom land was flooded. In 1954, the area was deeded to the State of Tennessee, and Warriors’ Path State Park was created.
The park encompasses approximately 1,100 acres at an elevation of 1,643 feet above sea level. Geologic erosion by the South Fork of the Holston River has produced a deep river trench with some towering bluffs over 400 feet high. Several creeks, the largest being Fall Creek and Sinking Creek, drain the park.
Visitors come to the park to enjoy the many facilities such as the Olympic-sized pool, 18-hole golf course, horse trails, soccer fields, fishing, over 15.5 miles of hiking trails, over 11.5 miles biking trails, boating, marina with snack bar, disc golf, 135 campsites, picnicking, group shelters, nature programs, annual events, festivals, and much more.
A key feature of the park is the 3-acre Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground. The playground is a unique space designed to accommodate children of all abilities. Read more about Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground here.
During the last 50 years, native forest has returned to the area replacing the farm fields. The park’s forest is now dominated by cedar, dogwood, oak, pine, poplar, beech, maple, buckeye, sycamore, elm, walnut, redbud, and includes many more species. Lake shoreline and open fields also make up
part of the landscape. A study in the 1980s identified over 550 vascular plant species within the park’s boundaries. Wildlife such as red and grey fox, raccoon, deer, muskrat, beaver, mink, over 250 species of birds, many species of fish, and a wide range of reptiles and amphibians call the park home.