The Norris Dam State Park in Lake City, Tennessee is a well-liked Tennessee State Park. The many facilities found here make it perfect for camping or day trip.
Lake City, Tennessee is about 45 minutes from Knoxville. Take I-75 North to the Lake City exit number 128. Follow the signs for Norris Dam State Park. The park entrance is about 3 miles from the interstate. The easy access from I-75 helps to make this one of the more popular of the Tennessee State Parks.
Activities at Norris Dam State Park include boating on the huge reservoir, cabins, camping, fishing, miles of beautiful hiking trails, a marina, two picnic facilities and swimming and more.
The recreation area is always well-tended. Here you can play tennis, badminton, basketball, horseshoes or volleyball. You can borrow equipment from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm or bring your own.
Two camping areas provide 75 campsites. Some campsites are fully accessible. Many of the campsites at Norris Dam State Park provide electricity, a picnic table, grills and water hookups. There are some backcountry campsites that do not have these amenities.
All sites are available on a first come, first served basis. The maximum length of stay is two weeks. They are available for $20 per night.
My family enjoys going to this Tennessee State Park for picnics and hikes. There are two areas for picnicking. You’ll find one on each end of the park. These can be quite crowded in the summer. Your best bet for a favorite spot is to get there as early as possible. Both areas have grills and tables. A playground and restroom facilities are close by.
The Norris Dam State Park is also the site of the Lenoir Museum. My family always likes stopping here and can spend forever in the museum. Even though the kids have seen the artifacts 100 times they always are intrigued by something new.
The museum gets its name from Will G. Lenoir. He donated many of the artifacts that are housed in the museum. It was his desire that as our culture advanced that it not forget the dedication and hard work that was a part of life in the Norris Dam State Park area.
The Norris Dam State Park began in 1933. It was the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. The Lenoir Museum has artifacts and items chronicle life before, and after, the construction of the dam.
Near the Lenoir Museum at Norris Dam State Park there is also an 18th century Rice Grist Mill and Cosby Threshing Barn. These are both interesting to peruse. Guided tours of the complex can be arranged. Call 865-494-9688 for more information. The tours take just under an hour and are very informative.
Like most Tennessee State Parks, Norris Dam State Park offers several different summer programs. My daughter has always wanted to take the program to learn more about snakes. Personally, I think the wildflower hike, wildlife program or nature hike sound more interesting. They also offer other programs. You can pick up the weekly calendar at the park office.
This area is truly fortunate to have to many Tennessee State Parks to choose from. Norris Dam State Park has many interesting things to see and do. It’s a great add-on to your vacation or a destination of its own.
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Norris Dam State Park