River Bluff Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lake City, Tennessee that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.0 miles
538 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



The River Bluff Trail is located in the River Bluff TVA Small Wild Area on the west side of Norris Dam in Norris Dam State Park. The trail is approximately a 3.2 mile loop trail with an elevation gain/loss of about +/- 210 ft. Off Norris Ferry turn on to Dabney LN and make a left at the split.

9 months ago

This is a moderate trail . In many places it's very narrow. If you follow the entire trail it's quite an incline, not an easy trail by no means. My fitbit said we climbed 52 flights of stairs when we completed the loop. The views were amazing and the hike was very much enjoyed.

9 months ago

Great trail; wonderful in the spring to see wildflowers.

11 months ago

Great variation but I only do it in winter months because of abundance poison ivy.

11 months ago

Easy hiking trail with enough elevation to create interest. Thanksgiving Day trek with great views.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

This trail is absolutely awful! I've done many trails but never have I encountered so many spider webs I turned around after half a mile. It was a shame because it has very pretty views it just wasn't worth running into spider webs every ten feet.

Monday, August 21, 2017

This is my favorite "short trail." The elevation gives you a decent workout without beating you to death

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The trail was very thin past the split, and there looked to be a good bit of poison ivy along the sides.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Beautiful hike along the river. Well-marked and easy to follow. Disappointed that there was not a good area to get out and swim.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Excellent trail! I actually like the top better than the part running adjacent to the river.

I will definitely do this again.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Excellent for beginners

Friday, April 14, 2017

great for trail running.. very little debris.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

All around good trail. A few small hills for your change in elevation pleasure and level strolls down by the river to balance out the cardio. It's a great setting for the cardio impact of your choice. Seriously

Monday, April 03, 2017

Excellent hike beautiful scenery

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Took the Wildflower Walk on the lower portion of this loop and it was wonderful. The trail is not difficult and we saw many varieties of wildflowers and enjoyed scenic views of the Clinch River and Norris Dam. Will definitely be back.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Hiked the low side first. sets up a majority of the climbing right past the halfway mark. super winter views along and above the river. great quick hike.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

A great evening or morning hike. it is grown up in places as of 06/27/16 but all and all a good little hike.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Perfect in early spring when the wildflowers blanket the forest floor. Can be a bit overgrown in late spring/early summer.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Easy terrain
Pretty scenery

Monday, April 18, 2016

easy and nice views. done this one several times. nice, quick and easy trail!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Had a wonderful hike on this trail. It had great views and provided plenty of exercise if that's what you want. It is a very narrow trail with embedded rocks in areas and some very steep drop-offs. Not for the faint of heart. No way could or would one want to take a stroller. I think the gentleman was referring to the Songbird Trail on the other side of the river. This is definitely not a greenway. One of the more challenging trails I have hiked. The wildflowers were fantastic.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I had a very nice hike on a very warm December day. The trail is in good shape, and not very difficult. There were good views of the river and the dam with all of the leaves off of the trees.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Great but narrow in spots. Needs some trimming done. Nice views.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Not strenuous, but also definitely not what the casual hiker would consider easy. Take the lower fork first and hike up so that you are hiking downhill on much of the way back. One member mentioned taking a stroller on this trail, and I see absolutely no way this would be physically possible unless one was highly physically fit and able to carry the stroller on much of the trail. We saw many interesting and unusual plants and wildflowers along the hike.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Nice Family trail along river. Loops lower than back upper or reverse.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Nice, easy walk (not a hike) along the river below Norris Dam. I would consider this more of a greenway than a trail. People even had strollers.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Awesome easy trail with plenty to look at. Not a high traffic area so you get the time alone in the forest you are looking for. Not along hike, but well worth it. My dog loved playing around in the leaves.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

This was a very nice experience. I had never hiked in the fall before and enjoyed the sounds that accompanied it. There are several great views along the way. The only things that I didn't like were the several trees covered in carvings and the sounds of vehicles.

trail running
Saturday, April 07, 2012

Nice easy trail to run or walk, we have done both info below based on run. Great scenic views below the dam of the river. Flowers season brings more people to the trail given how flat the lower part is. We are pretty active people to say it is easy, if you find you do no want a challenge stick to the left on the split for a maybe two mile out and back along the river. Going the whole loop one of two ways, three miles or so, There is more of a challenge that the flat outnand back if you take the bluff or the right split on your way out and it would be most challenging and elevation gain per foot to take the loop/bluff left of the split.

5 days ago

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