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Named for its proximity to an ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee, Warriors’ Path State Park was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1952 to be a park for the people. Situated on the shores of Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River, the park has 950 acres of recreation options. One of the newest and most unusual attractions is Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground, which opened in 2007 with a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all abilities. Visitors enter through the coat-filled wardrobe from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe story. Other features include Mr. and Mrs. ...

Named for its proximity to an ancient war and trading path used by the Cherokee, Warriors’ Path State Park was acquired from the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1952 to be a park for the people. Situated on the shores of Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River, the park has 950 acres of recreation options. One of the newest and most unusual attractions is Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground, which opened in 2007 with a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all abilities. Visitors enter through the coat-filled wardrobe from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe story. Other features include Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s home, a statue of Mr. Tumnus, the White Witch’s sleigh, a fully accessible tree house and a playground with a puppet theater and pipe bells. A lovely Lions Narnia Braille Trail opened in 2009 with eight sensory stations along a quarter-mile, wheelchair accessible trail. The trail tells the story of Aslan, the lion in C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia fantasy. Each station has an exhibit, a large-print sign with Braille and a push-button speaker that activates an audio theatrical recording.

Warriors’ Path State Park has almost nine miles of scenic and challenging bike trails, a marina, campground, almost 12 miles of hiking trails, horseback riding trail, boat rental, horse stables for boarding or horse and pony rental, picnic areas, playground, Olympic-sized swimming pool, 22-hole disc golf course and much more. Fishing in Patrick Henry Lake includes catches of trout, catfish, bream, bass and crappie. Designed by George Cobb and opened in 1972, the Warriors’ Path Golf Course is an 18-hole, par 72 course on the shores of Patrick Henry Lake in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Jackie Finch
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Jackie Sheckler Finch has written several guidebooks, including The Unofficial Guide to Campgrounds in the Great Lakes States, and four times she was named Travel Writer of the Year by Midwest Travel Writers Association.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    June for the Folklife Festival