The Norris Dam's construction began in 1933. Almost 100 years later, the recreational possibilities created around the dam are endless. Miles of trails, fantastic fishing, and seemingly endless fun await anyone looking to explore this park.
What Makes It Great
Norris Dam State Park offers trail runners, hikers, and mountain bikers an open and expansive trail system in a state park that has over 4,000 acres of preserved land. The 15 trails here are very well maintained. In fact, that's probably the best thing about Norris; even after a heavy rain, these trails stay packed enough for continual use. Runners and riders will enjoy the wide open double track as they zip through majestic oak forests along the lake. As a large watershed, there is more wildlife here than you'll typically see anywhere else in the region, except for Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
If you like to fish, bring your rod and cast some lines after your run. The 34,000-acre reservoir created by the dam is home to some of the best trout fishing in the southeast. There are also trophy sized bass and annually stocked Walleye. If you want to make a weekend of it at Norris Dam, there are plenty of campgrounds located throughout the park. There are also really nice cabins that you and your friends can rent for a reasonable price.
Who is Going to Love It
The Norris Dam is equally perfect for hikers, trail runners, bikers, and fisherman. No matter your passion, you will find satisfaction here--especially since there is enough to last you for several visits! While you are there, swing by the visitor center located by the dam and learn about the construction and development of the Norris Dam and TVA.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Parking at the park depends on where you are looking to go, so check the map linked above.Many of the Eastern trails can be reached from the parking area at the dam visitor center, while the Western side of the park has many trailheads along Village Green Drive and Andrews Ridge Road.If you would like to reserve a campsite for your stay at Norris Dam State Park, go to the park website here.