TVA Fort Patrick Henry Dam and Reservoir

Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir is on the South Fork Holston River in East Tennessee. It is a run-of-river reservoir, meaning that water passes through the reservoir without being stored long-term.

Fort Patrick Henry is named after a colonial fort, also known as Long Island Station, that was established nearby at the site of present-day Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Latitude: 36.497949 Longitude: -82.508762 Elevation: 1233 ft

Recreational Opportunities

Warriors’ Path State Park is the only Tennessee State Park with a Boundless Playground, a playground where children of all physical and mental abilities can play together. The Park also has almost 12 miles of mountain bike trails, a Braille Trail that tells the story of Aslan of the Chronicle of Narnia and a fully accessible tree house.

TVA has a 1.8-mile mountain bike trail located on TVA property adjoining the Warriors’ Path State Park mountain bike trail system. The trail was constructed and is maintained by SORBA (Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association) under a cooperative agreement with TVA. The trail is considered intermediate in difficulty. It is a loop trail accessible from the Warriors’ Path State Park mountain bike parking area. 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.

Fort Patrick Henry is stocked with rainbow trout on an annual basis. The lake is also popular site for catching bluegill, bass and crappie.

TVA maintains a boat launch ramp below the dam off Wesley Road.

Seasons Accessible

All Seasons

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


Visitor centers, trails, boat ramps, and canoe access points operated by TVA are provided to the public with no fee

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility available at Fort Patrick Henry Dam and Reservoir

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet.

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