Norris Dam State Park has fifteen walking trails, ranging from easy strolls and moderate treks to difficult hikes. Most offer great views over the reservoir and all are teeming with an abundance of plants and trees with names as weird and wonderful as Rattlesnake Plantain, Little Brown Jug and Queen Anne's Lace.
At just under five miles the Lake View Trail is the longest and perhaps the most challenging of the trails in Norris Dam State Park. The trail is also open to those who prefer to follow it on mountain bike or on horseback.
A little less taxing but just as rewarding is the Rock Creek Trail. This two mile trek takes you into the labyrinth of creek beds that line the valley floor. You will need to be reasonably sure footed for this trail as conditions in the valley can get somewhat moist and slippery.
Named after the owls that line trees of this easy, mile-long hike above the picturesque Gaylor Fishing Cove. But don't forget that owls are nocturnal, so you are best advised to explore this trail at twilight. Don't forget your flashlight!
As well as the comfort of those beautifully appointed Norris Dam State Park cabins and the fantastic hiking trails, Norris Dam also offers a wide range of activities for all the family to enjoy. If you are looking for boating, fishing or a slice of local history, look no further.
This cultural complex includes a mill, a threshing barn and a truly unique antique barrel organ that dates back to the 1820s. It also houses a museum dedicated to the area's cultural heritage and folk history. You will appreciate those modern Norris Dam State Park cabins all the more after you have seen the daily grind the locals had to endure in the prevous century!
Hotels around Norris Dam State Park offer direct access to the reservoir's bustling marina. And don't worry if you haven't brought your own boat along as you can rent one on site.
If you prefer your aquatic adventures to come with a few more creature comforts, drop by the park's magnificent swimming pool. Simply grab yourself a sun lounger and catch some rays!