Norris Dam State Park

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BATHHOUSE UPDATE

GREAT NEWS!  Norris Dam State Park will be receiving a new bath house in the west campground to replace the unit that burned down September 2015. The bad news, the WEST campground will not have a shower house during the installation period. Work will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue for approximately 6 weeks. Water and electricity will still be available at each camping site.  Port-a-johns will be on site for restrooms. THE EAST CAMPGROUND WILL BE UNDER NORMAL OPERATIONS. Pardon our dust as we improve your State Park.

Activities

Swimming

The pool opens for the 2017 season on Saturday, May 27.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday and Tuesday: Closed (except for holiday weeks)
Note: The pool will be open Memorial Day Monday, May 30 and Monday, July 3. These two holiday weeks, the pool will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.

ADMISSION

$5 per person ages three and older
$3 for park campers and cabin guests
Pool passes are $140 and are good for 40 total visits. 

GENERAL INFO

Lounge chairs are available and there are several picnic tables nearby. Bring your swimsuits and swim trunks, towels, sunscreen and have fun! Children age three and younger MUST wear the Little Swimmer pants at all times anywhere beyond the gate (includes ramp to deck, deck and in pools). There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule!

Interpretive Programs and Events

The Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex is a must-see for park visitors. The complex includes the Lenoir Pioneer Museum, an 18th Century Rice Grist Mill and Crosby Threshing Barn. Exhibits include Appalachian artifacts and a pre-dam pictorial account of the area submerged by the lake. Tours available by request. 

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Boating

Located on the shores of Norris Lake, the park offers recreational boating, skiing and fishing. A large, fully equipped commercial marina is located near the dam. The marina has a boat ramp and offers boat rentals including pontoon and house boats. For more information including guide services please call the marina at 865-494-8138.

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. Anglers may expect catches for Largemouth, Spotted and Smallmouth Bass. The lake is popular 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— CLICK HERE for trail description
Rock Creek Trail — 1.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult— CLICK HERE for trail description
Sinkhole Trail — 0.8 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate— CLICK HERE for trail description
Hootin Hollow Trail — 1.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate— CLICK HERE for trail description
Tennis Court Trail — 0.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy— CLICK HERE for trail description
Harmon Loop — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate— CLICK HERE for trail description
Fitness Trail — 0.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to Moderate— CLICK HERE for trail description
Marine Railway Loop — 4.3 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult— CLICK HERE for trail description
Lakeside Trail  — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy— CLICK HERE for trail description
Christmas Fern Trail — 0.5 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy— CLICK HERE for trail description
Tall Timbers Trail — 0.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy— CLICK HERE for trail description
Camp Sam Trail — 1.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate— CLICK HERE for trail description
High Point Trail — 2.7 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult— CLICK HERE for trail description
Lakeview Trail — 4.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate to Difficult— CLICK HERE for trail description
Lakeside Loop — 2.4 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate— CLICK HERE for trail description
Elkins Trail— 1.9 Miles (One Way) — Natural Surface — Moderate—  CLICK HERE for trail description

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.