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Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top

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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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  • I visit Norris Dam once or twice a year sometimes, and while it is your standard state park, it's a beautiful place. It is much bigger than nearby Big Ridge State Park without the 'grandeur' of the Sm...  more »
  • Brought my Mom,Dad,2 grown daughters, and 1 of my daughters boyfriends here for a weekend, loved it! I was here to run the Norris Dam Hard Trail Race and my whole family was able to make the trip with...  more »
  • This campgrounds is one of our top 10 favorites to camp at because of the accommodations. I am a disabled vet and the handicapped spots are spectacular and it is so easy to set up our travel trailer. ...  more »
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  • This is one of my favorite places to be outside. It's close to home and easy to get to. It's clean and well kept. The hiking trails aren't very extensive, but they're perfect for a Saturday morning hike. I also frequently cycle on the roads here because of their good condition and low traffic. I'm aware of many other activities to do in the park, such as boating, fishing, camping and mountain biking, although I've not recently participated in these activities.
  • New cabins were really nice. Had space to cook, grill out, park 4+ cars and a boat, and facilities weren't bad either. Bathrooms are good size as well as bedrooms. Shower pressure was a bit weak, but was to be expected. Will return!
  • 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.
  • We stayed in the East campground. Nice camp site and very clean restroom/shower.
  • Really enjoyed this place. A bit confusing to find the (east) camp area but no big deal. Located on the Norris Lake it has abundant hiking trails and wild life. Camp sites are clean, bathrooms and showers are clean and the rangers are super nice. The dam and river are close by and beautiful sights. It is an easy drive to "Rocky Top" where restaurants and even a Walmart can be found. One thing that really impressed me is for only $7 each, rangers will give campers (or anyone else) a very beautiful and informative ride around the lake on a very nice pontoon boat located at a marina by the dam. This was a very impressive tour (thank you rangers Josh and Brittany), I learned a lot from the rangers and I was able to take many impressive pictures. Well worth more than the $7 charge! Only cons, some camp areas could use a few more shade trees and no Wifi available (but it is in town). Would not hesitate to recommend or return to this State Park!