Hiking Trails

Click here for a Brand New Map of Norris Dam State Park and the trails.  Maps are also available at the park office,  the Lenoir Museum, the City of Norris community building and the Anderson County Welcome Center at the Clinton / I-75 interchange. You can also email friends@norrisdamstatepark.org or call 865-426-7461 to recieve a copy in the mail.

CCC Camp Trail System

The original park facilities are located on the east side of Norris Dam and was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from 1934 to 1940 under the administration of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) until 1953.  Much of the CCC’s orginal camp is long gone but they left behind beautiful stonework and rustic design of the Tea Room and the park cabins and several trails that is now called the CCC Camp Trail System.  The system includes the akeside Trail, Christmas Fern Trail, Tall Timbers Trail, High Point Trail and Lakeside Loop Trail. Click here for more information.

Andrews Ridge Trail System

(Mutli-use trail system-hiking and mountain biking)

The Andrews Ridge Trail System is a 2.8 mile loop that spurs across land that was farmed until 1935 when TVA purchased the property through eminent domain for the construction of Norris Dam and Norris Lake.  At which point, the five households of Andrews Ridge joined the 3,500 families of approximately14,000 people displaced by the Norris Dam project. (Click here for more information on the Construction of Norris Dam and the Displaced Families.) Except for the Andrews’ cemetery, ornamental yard plants, cisterns, piles of stone from cleared fields and hand dug wells, not much remains from the early farming families.  Click here for more trail information.

Park Headquarters Trail System

The park office and deluxe cabin area, completed in 1976, has two relaxing trails.  The Tennis Court Trail, 0.4 miles, begins beside deluxe cabin number ten and provides cabin guests a wooded route to the recreation facilities and programs in the park office complex.  The Fitness  Trail Loop, 0.5 miles, includes 14 exercise stations with workout charts and structures designed by sports medical experts a the Stanford University Heart Disease Prevention Center to increase aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. 

Marine Railway Trail

The Marine Railway Trail, a four mile loop begins 0.3 miles south of the west park entrance along Highway 441 at the white gate. This trail follows the Norris Lake shoreline in the Cove Creek section and loops back into itself by the Deluxe cabins.  Mountain bikers allowed. (Click here for history of Marine Railway Trail)

TVA Trail System

TVA offers hiking trails including the Song Bird Trail , the Deer Trail and the River Bluff Trail along the Clinch River. 

Lower Clear Creek Trail System

The Lower Clear Creek Trail System is a three mile trail that parallels the Lower Clear Creek Road.  This trail provides a fine display of wildflowers in the spring.  The Observation Point Trail climbs 0.7 miles to a shelter where you can catch picturesque views of the dam and the surrounding valley. It is also a great location to catch a sunset.

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