This 4,038-acre park, located on the Norris Reservoir, began in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. Miles of trails lead hikers through deeply forested valleys and ridges. Many other attractions await your finding at Norris Dam State Park.

Beautiful hike with a “rest area” where you can swim!!! Love this hike!

We took our kiddos 9 and 6 (1 yo in pack). If you park at the actual trailhead I would suggest going to the left at the 1st loop or just don’t do that part at all. It’s very steep with loose dirt and rocks without much reward. The other part of the loop is my fave part of the entire hike. So pretty and pretty easy going. Wish the lake was more visible during the 2nd loop but still a nice easy hike.

Very good changes in elevation and footing. Most of hike is spent walking through the forest with trees surrounding one on all sides, as if within a tunnel of foliage. During one section, the lake is immediately adjacent, and access to the lake makes swimming or picnicking possible. In other sections, the trail leads through fields and up hills filled with wild flowers.
The previous reports of spiders is accurate. Be aware of spider webs. Of course spiders who place webs across paths like this are very unlikely to be on these strands, for it would limit their lifespan, and they aren't dangerous to humans.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Great intermediate trail with lots of shade, wide trails and not alot of roots, rocks nor washes. lake is at a distance a majority of the trail. between the loops (as shown on the map) there is a high water bypass and a closed trail- not on the map nor well marked returning. cabin 1-8 / 8-12 loop (north most) has a 150 yard climb if you go east (right) first. much more gradual west (left) first. parking is limited which I imagine limits traffic on this otherwise dandy Norris State Park Trail. Good job park people!

great easy trail

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Interesting trail around a beautiful lake

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nice trail. Most of the trail is well above the lake bank. Very pretty. Not too difficult but not super easy. Just right for 8yo+

Monday, April 18, 2016

another quick and easy one

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Very nice and easy trail with view of the lake below.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Had a wonderful Saturday evening hike!

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Beautiful, peaceful trails

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Spiders! lots of spiders. I decided to try this for my first "moderate" trail and it was pretty difficult. It doesn't look like it's traveled much, as sometimes we were wondering if we were on the trail, and we were constantly swatting spider webs out of our way. Other than that it was a beautiful hike! We parked at the tennis courts and walked to the cabins where the trial starts behind cabin 8.

Fair upkept trail was some trees down in 4 places shaded most of the way lower trail is lake view most of the way did not hike all the trails there but will be back with my bike for the rest the trails on this trip was hike only for the first part of the hike.

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

This is a beautiful and peaceful trail. The water is so blue and crystal clear. I just wish you could see more of the lake along the trail.

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Awesome place to run to at last light or when times running short. you can spend thirty mins or a good chuck of the day. shore to play around is cool plus there are stake beds for fishing. took a visit late summer early fall with my dog. meet a few along the way. Water is very low in the mid to winter to early spring, revealing lots of rock formations. For a harcore hike go else where but awesome place just to kick it for the afternoon. Took a guess at miles i really dont know.

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9 months ago

on Lakeside Loop Trail

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