Sinking Waters Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews

Sinking Waters Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kingsport, Tennessee that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.8 miles
396 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



Three loops comprise of this trail narrated by signs in the trail telling of the first settling family in the area. The boardwalk at the bottom of the trail circles a series of small sink hold where the water trickles into (perhaps more so in the rainy season).

7 days ago

12 days ago

It's a nice trail. The decline isn't noticed on the first portion so the incline creeps up on you on the way back. There could be better markings on the trail, there are so many forks that you could get lost very easily, even with a map. The history told about in the signs is interesting.

1 month ago

4 months ago

I took our 2 youngest daughters and our husky on this trail today. Seemed easy enough, but coming back the incline sneeks up on you when you haven't walked or hiked for 3 months. We will definitely come back when the flowers and trees are in bloom.

5 months ago

Nice trip

8 months ago

Nice little trail, went a little later n the evening than I probably should have....since it was dark on the way out and I had a 10 week old pup with me. However, it was well kept, for a trail not on the beaten path

10 months ago

11 months ago

It was great, we got caught in a huge downpour that was concentrated right above us. This made the hike really fun and challenging because all of the water pouring off the mountains. It started lightning really bad and we had to turn back at the marsh, will definitely go back

Monday, July 11, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016

trail map says 3.0, my GPS says 2.4. regrdless, nice easy trail when not encountering loose dogs. there are always unleashed dogs, be forewarned

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Nice easy relaxing little hike. Kid and Dog friendly

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The views were beautiful and the terrain was just the right mix! Loved it!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Loved it. just the right mix.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nice short hike! Informational signs were neat to tell the story of the area. Couple of steep inclines that felt the burn but enjoyable.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Nice short hike! Trail has some steep inclines but with the loops and informational signs, it's very nice.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I didn't know this trail existed. Very enjoyable short hike. There were lots of spider webs. Didn't see any animals. There are a couple of benches to rest at. There's a long bridge that goes over some boggy area that is neat. There are signs that tell you the story of the area. Like mentioned before it has some small inclines that get your heart going and the trail is a bit narrow. Didn't see anyone else there. Hiked in the morning it was nice and secluded.

Monday, June 29, 2015

This is a very nice trail. Actual total length is more like 2.85 miles if you walk all 3 loops. We walked the trail by keeping left at all forks. You end up on the golf course at the apex of the last loop. We didn't see any wildlife, even though we were quiet and looking hard. It was about 3PM on a warm Sunday. Lots of insects along the trail, so be sure to spray your bottom half with Deet, and take a web wacker, unless you like the taste of fresh web. ;-) The best part of the walk/hike is that the trail does not seem to be well know. The rest of the park was swarming with people and pets, the Sinking Waters trail was devoid of people. Great trail for a couple of hours out of your afternoon.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Enjoyable hike through various natural environments. There are some big trees to be seen including the Queen of the Sycamores with massive long branches that sweep out and touch the ground in places. Also, a 150+ year old boxwood gone wild at the site of a former settlement. A few decent climbs make for a good workout without being too strenuous. The boardwalk section of the bottom loop circles through a swampy area with sinkholes and cave-ins to be seen, hence the "sinking waters." It's pretty interesting to see and hear the water disappearing into the inner earth. We also spotted two nice sized deer cutting through the woods, paralleling the trail.