The Cherokee Native Americans were prominent in the mountain areas of Tennessee. In honor of their culture and the ancient war and trading path they used, Tennessee named a state park after them. It is the Warrior's Path State Park located just outside of Kingsport, Tennessee. The park has a long history with travelers who come from all over to take the pathways available for recreation. The park encompasses 950 acres. This acreage was acquired in 1952 for the park. As part of the park, there is the TVA's Patrick Henry Reservoir and Holston River.
To add to the regular outdoor fun one can enjoy at the park a place called Darrell's Dream Boundless Playground opened in 2007. This park offers a variety of outdoor experiences for children. Warrior's Path State Park is actually the first place in the United States to offer a playground for visitors. Another new addition to the park is the Lions Narnia Braille Trail. The trail opened in April 2009. It has eight sensory stations along a quarter of a mile trail. The trail is also wheelchair accessible. The Braille tells the story of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia from the point of view of Aslan, the lion. The stations have exhibits and speakers to activate an audio recording. Anyone can of course take the trail.
A number of recreational activities besides the new attractions are available. Biking is welcome on the roads and paved paths. There are 8.5 miles of scenic and challenging bike trails. Much of the trails will go around Duck Island. If biking is not to the visitors taste, then they might want to bring a boat. Pleasure boating is an option at the reservoir. In fact motorboats are welcome for those who want to water ski. There is a marina onsite to make it easy for guests, and two public ramps. The marina has 54 uncovered slips for rent, a service dock, and fuel. Boating regulations of Tennessee must be followed.
Camping at the park can be done at any one of 134 campsites. All the sites have tables and grills, but 94 have water and electric hook-ups for campers. An additional 40 sites are in an overflow camp ground, which is available Memorial Day to Labor Day. Modern bathhouses with hot showers and toilets are at the sites, plus two dumping stations for RV's and Trailer Rigs. There are no reservations for the camp sites. Instead, it is first come first served. Length of stay at the park is for two weeks only.
There are fees associated with the camp sites. Visitors must check in at the campground check in station. Park entrance fees may also apply. Warrior's Path State Park can be reached from Interstate 81. The park is open from 7am to 10pm.
Fishing at the state park is attainable with a valid fishing license. Year round fishing is possible at the reservoir. Generally one can catch crappie, bream, trout, catfish, and bass. Lastly there are 12 miles of hiking trails through the forest habitats.
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