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Description - Norris is a popular tourist and recreation destination, and in summer 2005 TVA opened a new visitor center at the dam. Visitors can learn about the history of Norris, hydropower operations, and TVA’s management of the river system. The facility, located at the top of the dam, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s staffed by TVA retiree volunteers. In the 1930s, TVA established demonstration public parks at several locations on Norris Reservoir, including Cove Lake, Big Ridge, and the area around Norris Dam. These parks later became the nucleus of Tennessee’s state park system. Norris features three hiking trails. The River Bluff Trail is the longest at 3.1 miles and offers rich pockets of wildflowers. The Edge Path is a shady corridor with wheelchair access. The Songbird Trail is, as the name suggests, a popular area for birding. Water sports at Norris include boating, water skiing, swimming, and excellent fishing. The Tennessee state record brown trout was caught in the waters of the Clinch River below Norris Dam. The area around the Clinch River receives more than 45 inches of rain a year. In the past, floodwaters on the Clinch sometimes inundated areas hundreds of miles downstream. Norris Reservoir is an important component of the system TVA set up to reduce the risks of these disasters.

Attractions - Loyston Point Campground Campground has onsite manager (865-494-0155). 64 campsites, 39 with electric hookups. Rest rooms with heated showers and flush toilets, dump station, picnic tables, swimming beach, boat ramp, and hiking trail Hemlock Bluff National Recreation Trail, named for the prominence of hemlocks in the hardwood forest that the trail traverses, is a seven-mile loop along the steep ridges and bluffs of Norris Reservoir. The group pavilion has the following amenities: (1) electrical outlet with (2) plug ins, lighting under the pavilion, ( 6) tables that will seat 50 people, (1) large charcoal grill, handicap accessible, restrooms are about 1/2 mile away, not near the beach area or boat ramp, paved parking lot, no water is furnished, and there is no other equipment for activities such as horseshoes, volleyball poles/net, etc. Advanced reservations for the pavilion can be made by calling our toll-free number, 866-494-7186. The Visitors Center is located at the top of the dam, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s staffed by TVA retiree volunteers.

Recreation - Water sports at Norris include boating, water skiing, swimming, and excellent fishing. The Tennessee state record brown trout was caught in the waters of the Clinch River below Norris Dam. Norris features three hiking trails. The River Bluff Trail is the longest at 3.1 miles and offers rich pockets of wildflowers. The Edge Path is a shady corridor with wheelchair access. The Songbird Trail is, as the name suggests, a popular area for birding.

Climate - Tennessee has a temperate climate with short, mild winters. The average annual snowfall for the state is 12 inches. Spring comes in early March bringing flowering trees and shrubs, and warmer weather. Spring temperatures average between 45 and 70 degrees. Summer's full force arrives in the region by mid May, bringing warm weather and higher humidity. The mountains of eastern Tennessee are a great place to escape the hot summer temperatures as the higher elevation cools the air slightly. Cool fall temperatures bring crisp air and brilliant fall colors. Mid to late October is a good time to visit the region to experience the fall foliage.

Location - Norris Reservoir in east Tennessee extends 73 miles up the Clinch River and 56 miles up the Powell from Norris Dam. To get to the campground: Near Norris, Tennessee. From junction of US 441 and Highway 61, go 2 miles east on Highway 61, then 3.5 miles north on Park Road, then 0.5 miles east on Boy Scout Road, then follow signs for 2.5 miles on Loyston Point Road. To get to the pavilion: From I-75, take exit 122. Take 61 East then 441 West to Norris Dam.


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Norris Reservoir, 730 Loyston Point Road , Andersonville, TN, 37705, Phone: 866-494-7186

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