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Norris Dam State Park

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Address: 125 Village Green Cir, Rocky Top, TN 37769-5003
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+1 865-426-7461
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Norris dam was the first built by the TVA in the late 1930s.

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Don't visit here enough!

I visit Norris Dam once or twice a year sometimes, and while it is your standard state park, it's a beautiful place. It is much bigger than nearby Big Ridge State Park without... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visit Norris Dam once or twice a year sometimes, and while it is your standard state park, it's a beautiful place. It is much bigger than nearby Big Ridge State Park without the 'grandeur' of the Smokeys, but that's what makes it special. That makes it hiding in plain sight and less crowded than the smokeys. I love all... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

Brought my Mom,Dad,2 grown daughters, and 1 of my daughters boyfriends here for a weekend, loved it! I was here to run the Norris Dam Hard Trail Race and my whole family was able to make the trip with me, we had an amazing time. The cabin was a pretty nice size and very clean. The race was a 50K/25K,... More 

Thank Robert J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

This campgrounds is one of our top 10 favorites to camp at because of the accommodations. I am a disabled vet and the handicapped spots are spectacular and it is so easy to set up our travel trailer. We are going back in November to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Nice little park for camping. Good hiking trails. Good sized lake /river for fishing. Not much area to get down to the lake from trails without repelling ropes ( very steep)

Thank Ariana S
Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Only a few minutes from where we are camping in Clinton and made for the perfect after lunch walk. I love photography and this site did not disappoint. Beautiful views, lovely breeze and crystal blue water. Take you time and explore the various scenic overlooks to see the Dam and Marina from multiple views.

Thank Jimberly S
Caryville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

So much to do and see here. Love watching the wildlife. The camping here as well as the pool are clean and lots of fun.

Thank Fishingforacure
Andersonville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

With the Norris Dam just celebrating 80 years there is much history here. There is also a tea room, picnic shelters and cabins. There is a museum, grist mill and the song bird trail that one time around is 2 miles. Going past the dam on the right you will see a marina. There is camping and a wonderful swimming... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

This is a great place to hike and fish and enjoy the outdoors. They have some really cool old settler equipment and really nice friendly visitor center. Great place to relax and a really nice rock paved walking trail next to the river.

Thank joshua m
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

My family visited Norris Dam State Park on the 80th anniversary of the building of Norris Dam. Since 911 terrorist attacks, tours of the dam have been prohibited, but as part of the anniversary celebration, we were able to tour the operation center. The park itself is on either end of the dam...there is an older part on one end... More 

Thank Carie501
Pennington Gap, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Drove here from Cove Lake State Park (was camping there) to check it out and see what was there and to check out the camping. We enjoyed the overlooks and reading about the history of the dam. Drove through the camp ground and decided we would come back to camp in the near future.

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