Sinking Waters Trail
ElevationAscent: 405' 123 m
Descent: -393' -120 m
High: 1,634' 498 m
Low: 1,362' 415 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A wide variety of ecosystems on a trail consisting of three connected loops.”— Robert Bradley
Taking the right-hand split begins a climb to the ridgeline where mature hardwoods line the trail. The route then descends, steeply at times. There is a series of steps at the steepest point as you drop back down the hillside.
The second loop includes another shorter, less steep climb before descending again back toward a small, spring-fed stream. As the trail approaches the stream, there is an unofficial trail spur that takes off to the right (upstream and north-west) for about 150 feet. Keep left to stay on the trail - it continues downstream toward the low-lying marsh.
Bearing right at the final intersection takes you across a short walkway through what will be marshy territory during the spring. After a short time, you'll reach the boardwalk that forms a loop around the marsh. The boardwalk provides views of the sinkholes into which the water disappears, and for which this trail is named.
On the return, again keeping right at intersections, the trail takes you past the sight of a late 1800's blacksmith shop. Within a hundred yards or so is a magnificent sycamore tree with an incredible span of branches.
There are several interpretive signs along the trail, providing information on the history of the area, as well as descriptions of the flora and fauna in the area. This is a hidden gem in the Kingsport area!
Land Manager: Tennessee State Parks