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Norris Dam State Park

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Address: 125 Village Green Cir, Rocky Top, TN 37769-5003
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+1 865-426-7461
10:00 - 18:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Norris dam was the first built by the TVA in the late 1930s.

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Lovely place

Beautiful park. Wonderful walking trail. Large dam. Overlook. Had daughters wedding here. Rented tea room for reception.

Reviewed 4 days ago
Caryville, Tennessee
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Caryville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful park. Wonderful walking trail. Large dam. Overlook. Had daughters wedding here. Rented tea room for reception.

Thank gregorya616
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful park friendly ranger would highly recommend staying if in eastern Tennessee. Close to the tourist traps but far enough away to enjoy the peacefulness of the Smokeys.

Thank Bobby C
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Thank you for your kind review. We hope you visit Norris Dam State Park again soon! More 

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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

East Tennessee beauty. A variety of walking trails to fit everybody's ability. For those who are too lazy to walk there are a variety of overlook opportunities that you can drive to. I do wish that TVA would explore public access to more areas as was common prior to 9-11.

Thank Doug R
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Thank you for your kind words about our state park. We hope that you visit again soon! More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I visit Norris Dam once or twice a year sometimes, and while it is your standard state park, it's a beautiful place. It is much bigger than nearby Big Ridge State Park without the 'grandeur' of the Smokeys, but that's what makes it special. That makes it hiding in plain sight and less crowded than the smokeys. I love all... More 

Thank Kimberly A
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Brought my Mom,Dad,2 grown daughters, and 1 of my daughters boyfriends here for a weekend, loved it! I was here to run the Norris Dam Hard Trail Race and my whole family was able to make the trip with me, we had an amazing time. The cabin was a pretty nice size and very clean. The race was a 50K/25K,... More 

Thank Robert J
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This campgrounds is one of our top 10 favorites to camp at because of the accommodations. I am a disabled vet and the handicapped spots are spectacular and it is so easy to set up our travel trailer. We are going back in November to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

2 Thank TNVolsFan1969
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Nice little park for camping. Good hiking trails. Good sized lake /river for fishing. Not much area to get down to the lake from trails without repelling ropes ( very steep)

Thank Ariana S
Naples, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

Only a few minutes from where we are camping in Clinton and made for the perfect after lunch walk. I love photography and this site did not disappoint. Beautiful views, lovely breeze and crystal blue water. Take you time and explore the various scenic overlooks to see the Dam and Marina from multiple views.

Thank Jimberly S
Caryville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

So much to do and see here. Love watching the wildlife. The camping here as well as the pool are clean and lots of fun.

Thank Fishingforacure
Andersonville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

With the Norris Dam just celebrating 80 years there is much history here. There is also a tea room, picnic shelters and cabins. There is a museum, grist mill and the song bird trail that one time around is 2 miles. Going past the dam on the right you will see a marina. There is camping and a wonderful swimming... More 

Thank beachcomber36

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