Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top

#37 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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  • We rented one of the pet friendly rustic cabins for 2 nights this week. LOVED IT! Just remember if you rent in the winter time they are not insulated. They do have heat and wood burning fireplaces. BU...  more »
  • Went for a picnic. Nice...but would be better if it had more playground equipment. The overlook for the dam is really nice.  more »
  • Norris Dam State Park is built on either side of the historic Norris Dam which was constructed by the CCC in the 1930s. The Tennessee Valley Authority uses the dam to make electricity. Lots of old pho...  more »
  • The kids had a great time and learned a lot on this trip! Plenty of trails and places to explore. It makes for a great afternoon outing with possibilities of seeing deer and other wildlife around the dam. Be sure to check out the grist mill and Norris watershed if you go.
  • Cozy little cabins and wonderful trails to hike. Some of the trails are more strenuous than others, so bring good shoes and plenty of water and snacks. A really neat state park.
  • Nice Park great views in the winter with no leaves on the trees. Norris was really low. But still a beautiful place
  • Great park ..I think the brewery went under out of business.. well they had bad beer. One level above miller
  • Nice stay! Early November and cabins and park empty. Average, but nice frame cabin w/knotty pine interior. Good fireplace. Lots to see and do in and around park. Had over 12 hour power outage in park with a big power dam. Kinda funny, oh well. 1

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