Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top

#25 of 102 in Wildlife in Tennessee
Must see · Dam · Water Body
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 4,038 acres (16.34 km2) 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 stayed at historic cabin #13, which is one of the ccc cabins. I’m hooked on ccc cabins. It was rustic and cool, but still clean and had plenty of accessories like bathroom towels and kitchen...  more »
  • Stayed 2 nights in standard cabins. Very clean and private. Staff at visitor center were very nice and helpful in recommending hiking trails.  more »
  • My daughter and I had a great time camping and hiking at the Norris Dam State Park. There is a hidden trail behind the museum called observation trail. I highly recommend hiking to the top. It's about one mile and not super difficult but it is not the easiest hike either. The view from the top is fantastic!
  • Beautiful lake! Lots of camping! Even one primitive back country spot! Lots of people if you are trying to find a quiet spot get that back country camping! Otherwise great place to take your family to hike, canoe, or camp!

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