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Warriors' Path State Park

Site Directions: Warriors' Path State Park is located near Kingsport, Tennessee, in the northeast corner of the state, about 100 miles northeast of Knoxville, Tennessee. The park is located very close to exit #59 on Interstate 81. From exit #59, travel north 1.4 miles to Hemlock Road and turn right. Follow Hemlock Road 1.6 miles into the park.

Lat: 36.50786°N Long: -82.474945°W 

Hours: 7am - 11 pm

Seasonality: Open year-round

Fees: none

Site Description: Warriors' Path includes a wide range of natural and developed habitats. Park visitors can enjoy old growth deciduous forests, young Eastern Red Cedar thickets, open grassy places, lake shores, streams, marshlands and more.

Park visitors can also enjoy such man-made habitats as campgrounds, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a golf course.

Wildlife to Watch: Because of the park's great diversity but also somewhat fragmented habitats, expect to find a wide range of common East Tennessee birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, etc., but few rare or unusual species.

Lakeshores are great places to watch for several species of herons, ducks, grebes, and the occasional wintering Common Loon. You might also spot one of the abundant beavers, muskrats and mink, or even a river otter.

The parks woodlands and old fields are rich in many upland bird species, from Red-tailed Hawks to Song Sparrows, and also rich in deer, rabbits, skunks and groundhogs.

Some of the park's wet meadows and marshes are ideal places for viewing a range of butterfly and dragonfly species during the warmer months.

Be sure to check out our Safety Tips page for important information regarding viewing wildlife in these areas. 

For more information:

Warrior's Path State Park web site