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Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top

Categories: Dams, State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.5/5 based on 120 reviews on the web
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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  • Only a few minutes from where we are camping in Clinton and made for the perfect after lunch walk. I love photography and this site did not disappoint. Beautiful views, lovely breeze and crystal blue ...  read more »
  • So much to do and see here. Love watching the wildlife. The camping here as well as the pool are clean and lots of fun. 
  • With the Norris Dam just celebrating 80 years there is much history here. There is also a tea room, picnic shelters and cabins. There is a museum, grist mill and the song bird trail that one time arou...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • A beautiful natural area to explore in East Tennessee. We visited again for the 80th anniversary celebration. They had complimentary shuttles from the Museum of Appalachia (another great place in East TN). The kids enjoyed getting up close with the water and the dam.
  • The park was completely gorgeous but know if you rent a cabin you still have to pay 3 dollars to go swim. Also do not go to anderson county park to go to the lake to go swimming because it is very nasty. The trails at the park are groomed very well so if you are a runner like myself you will love that.
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