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Sinking Waters Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kingsport, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 354 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Note: Tennessee State Parks are open for day-use visitors and overnight guests. Park hours may vary from normal operations in response to COVID-19. Availability of inventory for online booking may be lower than normal as the park pursues social distancing. Certain parks or areas of parks may close if they reach capacity. Events may have limited capacity. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures 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). It has been reported that the gate to access this trail has been closed. Please check ahead of time with Warriors' Path State Park to see if this trial is accessible.

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Ed Collins
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Not easy in the rain. Be careful, very slippery. Also, the ridgeline branch is very steep.

Brit Stack
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Michael Pappas
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Enjoyed both loops. Evidence of blowdown that has been cut, so the trail is in good condition. One spot on the ridge loop is still blocked by a large oak trunk but can squeeze through or climb over. Slopes are a bit slick due to recent snow and leaves. Always enjoy this walk. Last time I visited some time ago the gate was closed, I assume due to the aforementioned blowdown.

Angela Clement
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Bottom trail fairly flat, upper loops were steeper. No rain in weeks so everything was very dry. Very lightly trafficked.

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T Eg
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Jon E
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Hiking

*The gate to parking is OPEN off Cedar Branch Rd* Interesting trail and wetlands area that I simply didnt know existed after living here 30 years. Walked all the loops and the lengthy boardwalk over the Sinking Waters area. Several underground caves can be spotted in the boardwalk area, and after a rain the water really pours into the caves. Use bug spray and take a staff to beat the webs down. The trails are very well-maintained, appears they are mowed in places. Went looking for some snakes to photograph but only found this box turtle. Very nice area that doesnt get the attention it deserves.

Debbie Payne
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Hiking

The gate is closed and was last fall when I went to walk it. If you have to drive there you are not going to be able to park and walk the trail.

Josh Harwood
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Walking

Lil elevation change but a good trip with my new girlfriend and her child probably my 4th time here!

Ashley Darnell
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Hiking

sinking waters is a moderately easy hike. there's shade along the trail, with very little uphill walks. I would consider it kid friendly for sure.

Carolyn Nash
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I live along this trail (that's our vineyard), so it gets a 5 for convenience. You can make it easy by staying on lower half of loops, or go high for climbs. Markings could be better. Its a fairly recent acquisition, so new growth still in some areas. Just past the boardwalk is golf course and riding stables. We often extend hike through there to Devil's Backbone trail and Fall Creek Loop trail. For that trip, plan for 3-4 hours. Done alone, this trails takes an hour for all 3 loops at 3 mph.

Josh T
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Hiking

I did this hike in Autumn and was not very impressed. The views were not very good and at the time no water was found anywhere. Much better trails in the area. But if you are looking for something different then it’s a decent hike.

Samm Keys
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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.

Kristina Patsel
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Hiking

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.

Verlie Byington
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Nice trip

Josh Harwood
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Hiking

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

Kerry Hill
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Hiking

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

Valarie Cassini
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Hiking

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

Makenzie Snyder
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Nice easy relaxing little hike. Kid and Dog friendly

Jonica Martin
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Hiking

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

Dawn E.
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Loved it. just the right mix.

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

Nikki Bradley
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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.

Bill Coker
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Hiking

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.

hiker babe
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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.

ronald james
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Hiking

Good trail for a quick exercise. It has the inclination to get the blood pumping. Old trail too. Unless someone takes you there or you looked it up, you will not find it. I grew up around these parts and did not know about it until 10 years ago. Someone showed me the trail. I still hike it. I liked it very well. I think maybe because of the discretion.

Kathy Miller
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Hiking

Mostly easy trail with some interesting features such as a board walk thru a boggy area and sinks with small streams disappearing into them .. 3 loops plan to go back and do the ridgeline loop. Some interesting signs giving the history of the area.

Brandon Berry
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Due to the light usage you'll have to contend with a lot of spider webs spanning the trail. Take a walking staff or tracking pole for web whacking! On the upside, if you're quiet you'll likely stumble upon some deer in the surrounding woods. The paths contain some narration about the first known family to inhabit the area.

David Tallent
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Charles Zimmerman
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Julia Riggs
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