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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  • 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 »
  • We stopped in to check out the scenery on our way down to Florida. It was a quick 20 minute side-trip off I-75 (though we could've spent hours!). Very nice views of the dam and surrounding mountains, ...  more »
  • A wonderful place just about any time of the year, Camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and nice cottage accommodations make this park great.  more »
  • 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.
  • 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
  • So many activities too keep the family busy while it rained. The dam is very impressive to see. Tours are available.
  • I love taking my daughter here. This place is great. There is a big field where we all throw ball.
  • Love this beautiful park, dam, overlook, lake. They also have the cutest rustic cabins! A must see in East tn

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