Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park, Rocky Top: Address, Phone Number, Norris Dam State Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Norris Dam State Park
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Sitting on Norris Dam reservoir, this park covers 4000 acres of space. From boating on the reservoir and hiking the 20+ miles of trails, to exploring the historic buildings, or camping on the 75+ camp sites available, this park is for everyone. More information on this park and many more can be found at the TN State Parks website.
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James H
Knoxville, TN276 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
We stayed in the
“New or Westside “ campground.
Good water pressure, 30 & 50 amp electric service. No sewer hook-up , but they have a dump station. No Wi-Fi but we had cell service.
All the sites are shaded with tree’s. Each site has a concrete pad with a picnic table and charcoal grill. Most have paved parking spots for your RV
Lots of places for tent camping too.
The whole park is well maintained and very clean
The bathhouses/ showers are very clean and have heat and air conditioning
Written June 23, 2022
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SharonB231
Toledo, OH1,072 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We drove to this park while passing through Rocky Top. The drive through the forested area is pretty. Dam is neat to see. To the right of dam is a pretty area with a marina. There is a small museum here and gift shop as well as restrooms.
Written November 20, 2021
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Written November 29, 2021
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63impala
Stoneham, MA994 contributions
Oct 2021
An impressive marvel of engineering. There are some areas around to walk and some overlooks to see the dam.
Written November 3, 2021
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Thank you for sharing many of the great features of our park. We appreciate your review and look forward to your next visit!
Written November 17, 2021
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tymetraveler222
Bay City, MI6,811 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We detoured off the highway to check out this dam. We were very pleased with what we found! Only spent a few hours here, but definitely a must see. The winding, hilly roads amongst the forest is exciting to drive. There are lookouts/picnic areas above the dam which provide lovely views of the dam and of Norris Lake. Beautiful green blue water.

There is a wonderful marina with all kinds of boats. You can rent houseboats here, too! Fishing was king the day we visited. So many coming and going from the lake and marina. Saw several great catches.

The granite ridges and walls of the area provide a stunning backdrop! And trees and shrubs are covered in kudzu, making ethereal formations. Very cool.

A little museum and gift shop, not open that day. Plenty of parking. Free.

Several activities available. Hiking, trails, horseback riding, a pool, camping/cabins, fishing, boating.

Highly recommend!
Written September 14, 2021
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Thank you for sharing many of the great features of our park. We appreciate your review and look forward to your next visit!
Written September 21, 2021
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Andrea H
Newark, OH353 contributions
Mar 2021
We spent three nights in CCC Cabin #10 at Norris Dam State Park. Overall, the cabin was cozy and we enjoyed our short stay. I do want to provide some information that we wish we'd known before going:

The pictures of this cabin as shown online are not entirely accurate. It had no sofa, instead it had two Queen Anne style chairs...a huge disappointment vs. a sofa. The kitchen layout was also slightly different, it was a separate room off to the side vs. as shown in the corner of the cabin. The entry door and bathroom were also located in slightly different areas.

We brought a collapsible camping table to use as past experience has taught us state park cabins never have enough furniture. That was entirely appropriate here and we used it as a side table in-between the chairs. We also wish we'd brought one for the bathroom as there was zero countertop space in there. We ended up using the top of the cooler we'd brought our food in.

There was nowhere to store your clothing, we never unpacked the suitcase. Only three hooks outside the bathroom to hang anything.

The cabin was the oddest mix of clean and really dirty. The sink, toilet, shower, etc. was clean. The floor was generally clean and the linens were clean. But the dishes in the cupboard were dirty (we cleaned everything before using it) and the amount of dust and cobwebs up towards the ceiling and down low on the baseboards was really gross. I get that it's a log cabin, but cleaning staff really needs to be attentive to these areas. We did not see any bugs or mice, but they must be an occasional problem as there were several mouse traps (tripped and not reset) inside the kitchen cabinets.

We stay at a lot of state park cabins and are used to kitchens being minimally stocked with cookware, but this was the worst we've ever seen. Thank goodness I prepared most big meals at home and brought only to heat up because if I had to do some actual cooking here it would have been extremely difficult. No frying pan, I had to do eggs in the one and only soup pot. Dishes were the oddest mish mash I've ever seen. All silverware was kept in a sealed tupperware container (again...bugs/mice?).

The parking spot for this cabin is actually across the street, it was the only cabin that didn't have a parking spot directly attached. It wasn't an issue, we just weren't sure we were parked where we should have been as it was a bit odd and different from all the others. Otherwise cabin location was excellent, right near the trail head and water view (at least this time of year).

The cabin is pet friendly, we did bring our little 10 lbs dog with us. Whenever we travel with her, first thing we do when we get home is give her a bath. I found one flea on her. It's possible she picked it up outside, but she's just a little thing and is a total house dog...so I suspect it came from the cabin. Just a heads up on that.

The hiking was excellent. We did all the trails along the lake and this time of year, without leaves on the trees, we had excellent views. Trails were well maintained. Fantastic hiking!

We're glad we came and we had a nice time. It would have not been very comfortable for more than just a few nights.
Written March 19, 2021
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VICTORIA S
Clinton, TN9 contributions
Jan 2021
me and my family went there and it was pretty i loved it and i had fun and i love going there i want to go agin all of yall should go cause it is pretty
Written February 19, 2021
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This is great news! We're so happy to know that you had a good experience.
Written February 26, 2021
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Senefeld
Nashville, TN46 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
We stayed at historic cabin #13, which is one of the ccc cabins. I’m hooked on ccc cabins. It was rustic and cool, but still clean and had plenty of accessories like bathroom towels and kitchen supplies. We chose cabin 13 bc it’s adjacent to the playground, which was fun for my kids. The neighbors are close, but everyone staying there was super-nice. The hiking trails are great; there are lots of options for different skill levels. The cabin did have WiFi, cell service and tv. Cabin 13 does have a weird set up- the bedroom is connected to the rest of the place by the front porch. The other bed is in the common area. I was a little worried that my kids would wander out the screen door rather than into the bedroom if they woke up looking for me in the middle of the night, but it worked out fine. That being said, I would’ve felt better if the screen door had a latch.
Written November 26, 2020
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Thank you for sharing many of the great features of our park. We appreciate your review and look forward to your next visit!
Written December 7, 2020
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Raymond M
North Olmsted, OH8 contributions
Oct 2020
Stayed 2 nights in standard cabins. Very clean and private. Staff at visitor center were very nice and helpful in recommending hiking trails.
Written November 7, 2020
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We are glad you enjoyed your experience at Norris Dam State Park. Please visit us again soon!
Written November 13, 2020
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Ruth Y
Jefferson City, TN933 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Visited Park in October. Very scenic area very easy to get too. Not too far off the beaten track. Found all park staff very friendly & informative. We did not stay at the campground but it looked nice. We stayed in 1 of the 3 bedroom cabins #1. Easy walk in to cabin from your parking area. There are 2 dog friendly cabins & 2 handicapped cabins. Each cabin has a nice fire pit with Adirondack chairs. Ours also had a picnic table. There a porch in front and a porch in the back. The one in back has a nice table. There are no screens on either. The cabin was laid out well. The kitchen needs some major repairs. Had to be careful opening drawers. Refrigerator & stove worked fine. We found some dishes that were not clean & that was worrisome to us during COVID especially since the hot water did not work in kitchen. It was hot and good flow in bathroom. We did report. The drainer was quite disgusting. Microwave worked well. Think it is time to out a bit Reno & updating in kitchen. The dining room plenty big enough and living room ok. 2 sofas, gas fireplace and cable TV. 3 bedrooms were in hall. All decent size and 1 bed each. Mattresses, pillows all fine and bed linen seemed good. Beds were made well. Unfortunately plugs lacking and no bedside tables. There was a small dresser & closet. Bathroom small with not enough places to put towels. Some hooks are really needed. The bath tub shower combo fine and lots of hot water here. There are no shelves in bathroom so difficult when there are more than 2 people but you can make do. It was clean. Minor repairs of blinds and rusty areas around window frames. Carpeting looked clean. It was a comfortable cabin in a beautiful seating. Looked like the cabins on other end might have a view of lake. There are rustic cabins too in another area of park. We did enjoy a fall boat tour led by Ranger Trent. We really enjoyed the your. He did give us some great info. On our way back he played Autumn Leaves which was a very nice touch. We explored the park a bit more on our own. There are tennis courts, swimming, a nice office area with an informative movie. Firewood is available for purchase. Trails seemed abundant. We explored the area. The grist mill was very pretty. We enjoyed a drive along Cove Road. A small area where you need to do a bit of a forge across some water. Not deep. The dam was a shining example of what was our CCC did in the 30s. The stone wall across from marina is where the stone came from for the dam. In fact when Roosevelts were visiting Eleanor rode in 1 of the buckets where stone that had been cut off were carried over to dam area. Lots of interesting history, beautiful area, pretty lake and lots of outdoor activities.
Written October 23, 2020
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Susan T
13 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Very beautiful area. Hiked the lake view trail and one's surrounding, gorgeous views, easy to get too far away with those views. Recommend the railroad trail, easy and pretty views
Written October 22, 2020
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