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“State Park & Restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cove Lake State Park

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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Orange Park
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“State Park & Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

Whenever we stay in Caryville, we make a point to drive through the State Park and end our tour with dinner at the restaurant located near the entrance. The food is great and the people very friendly. On one trip, we even met the restaurant owner in the parking lot. He was loading his vehicle for a carry out order, but took time to stop and talk with us a bit. We complemented him on the meal we just finished.

Visited August 2013
4 Thank Ronald P
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Solon Springs, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“nice walking trail”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

clean and beautiful lots of places to have family gatherings and
picnics been their many times to see the geese.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank marcia b
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Knoxville, TN
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Gorgeous location rapidly deteriorating due to Canada geese”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2013

Cove Lake State Park campground has gorgeous views of the lake and the mountains. Reservations can be made online. The sites are adequately maintained and have picnic tables and fire rings. The bath houses are sufficient (1 is pretty old but is kept clean). There is a swimming pool (currently closed due to lack of lifeguards), picnic pavilions, walking/biking trails, play areas and playground equipment; plenty to keep a family busy. However, the area is rapidly being taken over by Canada geese. It is nearly impossible to pitch a tent or even take a walk without stepping in goose poo. The geese have no fear of humans and will aggressively try to snatch food from a child (a result, I'm sure, of many people feeding the geese). I wish TWRA would step in with an animal control program to discourage these pests. I love this campground but am actively searching for an alternative due to the geese. I'm afraid the poo problem has possibly reached the level of actually being a health hazard.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank SHarris921
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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270 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Good Bike Ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

I stopped here on my way back from camping in Kentucky. I had my bike and had heard that it was fun to ride around the lake. It wasn't a very long ride, but I made a couple of full loops while my dog napped in the camper in a shady parking spot. There were lots of families picnicing, playing and just generally having fun. The campground looked nice and so did the pool.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank micarooni
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Maryville, Tennessee
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186 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great place to camp”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

My family and I went here this weekend and stayed for three nights and loved it. The park is clean and the grounds are well maintained, the showers could use a little TLC though. They have a huge pool and if your camping it's only $2 to get in per person or $4 if your not, you can rent boats and go out on the lake or just fish from the bank. There is a Volley Ball court in the pic nic area as well as the campground, basket ball courts, baseball field, tennis courts, walking trails & even a Restaurant. This place has something for everyone and is just off Interstate 75. We've stayed here several times now, I have three boys and it's there favorite place to camp. FYI, $20 a night to camp with or without electricity at the time I wrote this review.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Russell F
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