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Cove Lake State Park

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Address: 110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
Phone Number: 423-566-9701
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cove Lake’s 717 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the...

Cove Lake’s 717 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. A paved walking/bike trail provides easy access to all park facilities. Visitors can spend the day fishing or simply sitting back and capturing the picturesque vista Cove Lake offers.

In the 1920s, several groups began lobbying state and federal legislators for the construction of a dam at the confluence of the Clinch River and Cove Creek to control flooding and provide electricity to the area. The project was initially known as the Cove Creek Project, but after the Tennessee Valley Authority assumed control of the project in 1933, it became known as the Norris Project. The project was named for Nebraska senator George Norris, who had advocated the creation of TVA in the early 1930s. The construction of Norris Dam began in 1934 and the dam’s gates were closed in 1936, effectively creating the Norris Reservoir.

The Tennessee Valley Authority constructed Caryville Dam to protect the town of Caryville from the Norris Reservoir, which would extend for several miles up Cove Creek. Regardless, several of the town’s structures were condemned or moved, and two highways had to be rerouted. TVA planned Cove Lake State Park as one of the Norris Project’s three demonstration recreational areas, the other two being Norris Dam State Park and Big Ridge State Park along the main reservoir to the east.

The park has 106 campsites equipped with grills and picnic tables. There are also six large picnic pavilions available for rent.

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Prettiest park in Tennessee

Love coming here for walks...Very clean and well maintained. There is no better place to see the fall colors!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Arthur H
Jacksboro, Tennessee
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Jacksboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love coming here for walks...Very clean and well maintained. There is no better place to see the fall colors!

Thank Arthur H
La Follette, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Wonderful walking trails. The place is very peaceful, basketball court, sand volleyball, tennis courts.

Thank Julie37766
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Cove Lake is known regionally as a birding "Hotspot". In some ways it lives up to the rep. It's one of the few local birding spots where Swainson's Warbler is a dependable find. Prothonotary Warbler is readily seen in the Spring and Summer.It also has a nice (but not well maintained) observation deck at the north end of the lake.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Cove Lake State Park is conveniently located off Interstate 75 North as you go toward Lexington KY or South as you come down Jellico Mountain into Caryville. It is a nice, small park with picnic areas and shelters, a playground, and a very nice walking trail that goes through the woods and a flat walking trail that loops around the... More 

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Gastonia, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

Easy drive to and through. Not crowded. Quiet reflection. Some paths overgrown, and overlook on lake needing attention (wouldn't have taken children up there as it didn't seem safe).

Thank praisetheLordGod
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

Nicely shaded campgrounds, but quality of sites very widely. DON'T consider the pull thru site #69, while level it is a crowed area and has no room on. canopy side, lots of traffic. Good campground for kids, not so much for older couples. "Sloping" campsites means sloping a lot, level means sloping a little. Campground is patrolled frequently. Clean grounds,... More 

Thank T M
Pensacola FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Camped at site 63 [I think] for 2 nights in a MH. All sites are 30 amp and ours was level and close to the lake. In the reservation system, level means slightly unlevel and unlevel means it could be tough to get your rig leveled. Grounds are nice, lots of trails, lots of ducks/geese and plenty of goose poop.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016 via mobile

We came here to participate in a family gathering. All sites have 30 amp and water. We were able to get through park okay but tight fit in some areas and they need to cut back more of the trees. We did not scratch the RV. We were in the back of campground and site was spacious. We will come... More 

Thank Kelli10440
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Cove lake state park is a nice place. My site 102 back-in water/electric no hookup so bring a porta-tote. The kids played on the playground and fished in the lake the water was very low so the kids caught alot of fishes. So to the bathhouse :( that the only thing I am going to say about that. The pool... More 

Thank Michael P
Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2016

Cove Lake is a great place for family outings. It offers camping and picnicking. You can use its paved trail for riding bicycles and walking. The entire place is user friendly for families with children.

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