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Cove Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Caryville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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“Nice park”
Reviewed April 29, 2012

Good to check, nice walking trail and bring some bread to feed the ducks!

Visited March 2012
Thank Jerry H
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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110 reviews
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“Lovely Park”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

Large campground, perfect walking trail, huge swimming pool

Visited April 2012
1 Thank SandAngel13_12
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Clinton, Tennessee
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39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Small part but very nice”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

This is a small state park, but it is well kept and offers a very nice barbeque restaurant on the site.

Visited November 2011
Thank Katherine S
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Oak Ridge
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47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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“Great State Park”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

This State Park is really nice. We truly enjoyed every aspect. Delightful! Will be going back for sure.

Thank KittenOakRidge
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Cove Lake: beauty and the birds”
Reviewed May 23, 2007

Picture this:

You are coming down I-75 south into Tennessee. Everything is fine until you are coming off the Cumberland Plateau: you have TWO 18 Wheelers (one in both lanes) on your tail, the kids are doing cartwheels in the backseat, and you are 23 miles over the speed limit.... you're sweating, your nuckles are white..... Finally you level off, you're off the mountain. All is well, but you need a break. What do you do?

Go to Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN (approximately 1 mile from the exit). This particular state park, unfortunately is underrated. The scenery is beautiful! A big lake surrounded by mountains in all directions. This park has recreation fields, playgrounds, walking trails, fishing, picnic sites (no tent camping sites, but RV if I am not mistaken). Literally something for everyone. I do recommend a stroll with your loved one on the walking trail: small bridges in and amongst the lake. Its almost something out of Lord of the Rings.

I do issue one caution: the ducks (geese?) are real predominant here. No road killing please. They are harmless until you pull out the picnic basket, you'll be surrounded quicker than two jiggles of a jack-rabbits tail. They have to gall to hiss at you when you 'shoooo' them away at the same the rest of the flock is advancing on your flank.....

While its beautiful year around, I recommend the spring or fall in order to see maximum colors. The more the merrier, eh?

18 Thank jake_brake2007
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