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“Norris Lake”

Norris Dam State Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Rocky Top
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Norris dam was the first built by the TVA in the late 1930s.
Ohio City, Ohio
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Norris Lake”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Our family had a great time at Norris Lake. We were able to rent jet ski's and run them over the whole lake. The lake is very clean and beautiful.

Visited August 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Stress reducer”
Reviewed April 30, 2013

When I am stressed out, I drive from Knoxville to Norris Dam State Park. A slow drive through the scenic area makes my stress melt away. It's a local park that attracts a lot of deer, ground hogs, skunks, birds, foxes, etc. The best time to go is in the late afternoon/early evening.

Visited April 2013
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4 Thank Lynne H
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Niagara Falls, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Scenic and peaceful”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed in the west campground the last week in April. We had the area almost to ourselves as there were only 3 other groups. Even though our site was nice enough, we were not assigned the best available site for some reason. The park is very quiet and scenic and there are things worth seeing in the area, especially Norris Dam and the Songbird Trail.

On the negative side, the restrooms were dirty when we arrived on Tuesday, and never cleaned the entire time of our 4 day stay. Showers are tiny and have almost no area provided for towels, clothing, and toiletries. Shower shoes are a necessity! The brochure mentions a laundromat on site, however it was still winterized that week and not available for use. We were told by a park ranger that there was a public laundromat in Lake City, but we found none there and had to drive to Clinton.

Maybe it was just the off season - if the restrooms are cleaner in the busier months, this would probably be a place worth staying again.

Visited April 2013
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4 Thank lovestotravel4
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“So much to do!”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The park has so much to do! There is a grist mill, the lake, the tailwater area, play grounds, tons of trails, and clean facilities. The rangers are very very friendly! The campground could use a revamp, but very nice overall. I have a complete review here: http://dirtychacos.blogspot.com/2010/05/tallulah-falls-park-review.html

Visited February 2013
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1 Thank mountaingoat0517
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Waterford, Michigan
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109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful drive”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

A truly beautiful drive with lovely overlooks. It's not a long drive but very relaxing. Stop along the way at some of the local sights. Very enjoyable.

Visited March 2013
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1 Thank Kathleen H
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