Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top

#38 of 104 in Nature in Tennessee
Norris Dam State Park is a state park in Anderson County and Campbell County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The park is situated along the shores of Norris Lake, an impoundment of the Clinch River created by the completion of Norris Dam in 1936. The park consists of 4038acre managed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The park also administers the Lenoir Museum Complex, which interprets the area's aboriginal, pioneer, and early 20th-century history.Norris Dam was the pilot project of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a Great Depression-era entity created by the United States government in 1933 to control flooding and bring electricity and economic development to the Tennessee Valley. The construction and administration of the dam and reservoir would serve as a model for over two dozen other TVA dams built throughout the Tennessee Valley in subsequent decades. Along with Norris Dam State Park, there are several protected entities along Norris Lake's shores, including Big Ridge State Park, Chuck Swan State Forest, Cove Creek Wildlife Management Area, and River Bluff Small Wild Area. Norris Dam State Park was named for Nebraska senator George William Norris (1861–1944), who lobbied intensively for the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority in the early 1930s.
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132 reviews
  • August 2, 2017
    Family visit for a week. We got a deluxe cabin - really a little 3-bedroom house, with 1 bathroom and a full kitchen. Also had a fire pit, 2 picnic tables, and a grill outside. Covered porches too. Th...  more »
  • July 17, 2017
    We didn't even see the whole part, or even the majority, but it was amazing. Many points of interest and activities to try, plus multiple small play grounds including bathrooms. Views of the dam are g...  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    We went to the park to see the dam. It was breathtaking. There is a lot of information if your interested. (About the dam) The park is well kept and plenty to do!  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    We love visiting Norris Dam state park. We sometimes picnic in the area next to the dam and often go hiking on the trails near. Which are pet friendly. Lots to chose from. The park its self has a really nice pool area as well as camping and cabins.
  • May 14, 2017
    This is such a beautiful place to go and bring your family. You can go on picnics, walks, fish, swim, boat. Whatever you like. Scenery is fantastic. This is one of my favorite spots to unwind
  • July 2, 2017
    So many activities too keep the family busy while it rained. The dam is very impressive to see. Tours are available.
  • May 20, 2017
    I love taking my daughter here. This place is great. There is a big field where we all throw ball.
  • June 6, 2017
    Love this beautiful park, dam, overlook, lake. They also have the cutest rustic cabins! A must see in East tn

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