Tennessee State Parks

Norris Dam State Park

Activities

Swimming

The Norris Dam pool is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is $4 per person ages three and older and $2 for campers and cabin guests. Pool passes are $75 for 40 visits. Children under three must wear swimming diapers. Lounge chairs are available and there are several picnic tables nearby.

Birding

Waterfowl, Osprey and Eagles frequent the lake and the forests harbor great numbers of migratory birds in the spring and fall.

Fishing

Norris Dam is a 34,000-acre flood control impoundment on the Clinch River and provides excellent opportunities for fishing. Fishing is really good for Largemouth, Spotted and Smallmouth Bass. The lake is getting a good reputation for the large size of Smallmouth Bass caught. The lake is stocked annually with Walleye and Striped Bass. Striped Bass regularly reach sizes of 25 pounds and larger.

The cold tailwater of the Clinch River continues below Norris Dam. Wading for fish during non-generation periods is very productive for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout. Bigger trout are often taken by boat during generation periods.

Hiking

The park has fifteen trails. They range in length from .5 mile to 5 miles and vary in degrees of difficulty from easy to difficult. These trails traverse ridge tops, valleys, hollows, and the lakeshore. Mountain biking and equestrian use is available on designated trails. Trail maps are available at the park office.

Andrews Ridge Trail — 1.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Rock Creek Trail — 1.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult
Sinkhole Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate
Hootin Hollow Trail — 1.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate
Tennis Court Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Harmon Loop — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate
Fitness Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate
Marine Railway Loop — 4.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Lakeside Trail  — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Christmas Fern Trail — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Tall Timbers Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Camp Sam Trail — 1.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
High Point Trail — 2.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult
Lakeview Trail — 4.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult
Lakeside Loop — 2.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate

Horseback Riding

Norris Dam State Park shares a boundary with the City of Norris. The following trails, located on the east side, are open for equestrian use: Camp Sam, Lake View Trail, Lakeside Loop, and Highpoint Trail.