TVA Fort Patrick Henry Dam and Reservoir
Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir, located on the South Fork Holston River, is surrounded by a wide variety of recreational opportunities and is rich in cultural significance. The 872-acre lake was created by the completion of the Fort Patrick Henry Dam in 1953 as part of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Unified Development of the Tennessee River.
The reservoir extends 10 miles upstream to Boone Dam and was built primarily for creating hydropower. The dam and lake are named after a Revolutionary War-era fort also known as Long Island Station, that was established nearby at the site of present-day Kingsport, Tennessee. The dam was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.
Fort Patrick Henry Dam Reservation, operated by TVA, is located on the western side of the reservoir and has a Visitor’s center where you can learn about the history of Fort Patrick Henry, and current TVA activities. The Visitor’s center is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT from April to October, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November to March. NOTE: The Visitor's center is currently closed due to COVID-19 regulations.
The lake is popular with local fishermen and is accessible by several boat ramps. The ramp closest to the dam is off Wesley Road and is maintained by TVA. Fishing enthusiasts will be pleased to know that Rainbow Trout are stocked annually in the lake, and it is a great place for catching bluefin, bass and crappie.
The eastern side of the reservoir is dominated by the 950-acre Warrior’s Path State Park, named for the Great Cherokee War and Trading Path. Here you’ll find a multitude of recreational opportunities to please every patron whether you’re looking for a weekend adventure or planning a longer getaway.
The park is home to over 100 campsites, a boat ramp, marina, fishing pier and swimming pool. You’ll find trails for horseback riding and hiking, as well as an almost 12-mile, internationally-renowned mountain bike trail system. In addition, TVA has a 1.8-mile mountain bike trail located on the TVA property that adjoins the Warrior's Path State Park mountain bike trail system. It is a loop trail and is accessible from the Warrior's Path State Park mountain bike parking area. The TVA trail was constructed and is maintained by SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) under a cooperative agreement with TVA. The trail includes beautiful views of Fort Patrick Henry Lake, a small waterfall and remnants of the historic Shipley Ferry Road which was used by farmers in the early 1900’s to transport farm products by wagon to local markets.
The wide variety of activities available means you won’t have any trouble keeping the kiddos entertained. The park boasts an award-winning nature education program and offers numerous opportunities to satisfy your curiosity and creativity. Warrior’s Path is also the only Tennessee state park with a Boundless Playground, where children of all physical and mental abilities can play together. Another unique feature of the park is a Braille Trail that tells the story of Aslan, from the Chronicles of Narnia, through eight sensory stations. There is even a golf course on the other side of the reservoir to satisfy the big kids!
All of this is conveniently located near Kingsport, Tennessee where you’ll find a wide variety of restaurants and places to stay. Find more information at https://www.tva.com/energy/our-power-system/hydroelectric/fort-patrick-henry and https://tnstateparks.com/parks/warriors-path.
ADA Accessibility Notes
No ADA accessibility available at Fort Patrick Henry Dam and Reservoir
Contact Warrior's Path State Park for ADA accessibility information
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How to Get There
From Knoxville: Take I-40 E and I-81 N to exit 59 (Fort Henry Drive) in Kingsport; After turning left on Fort Henry Drive take the first right after crossing the South Fork of the Holston River onto Wesley Drive
Pet Friendly Notes
Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Traceand requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.
Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee.
Contact Warrior's Path State Park for information on their services.