Caryville, Tennessee Attractions

Caryville, Tennessee Attractions
Caryville, Tennessee is situated in central Tennessee and has warm summers and mild winters. The town rests on the border of Cove Lake State Park and has several other parks in easy driving distance. Outdoor activity opportunities abound, including hiking, fishing, boating and winter sports.

Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake State Park is on 673 acres of mountain valley just to the east of the Cumberland Mountains. Grassy fields, lake shore and wooded areas make up the park's terrain. Camping facilities include 100 sites with power and water, restroom and shower facilities, and a dump station.

Recreation options include 3 1/2 miles of cycling track, swimming pool, year-round fishing (with permit), rowboat and pedal boat rentals, and free equipment for badminton, shuffleboard, horseshoes, tennis, volleyball and field games.

Cove Lake State Park
110 Cove Lake Lane
Caryville, TN 37714
(423) 566-9701
state.tn.us/environment/parks/CoveLake

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park covers 4,038 forested acres on the Norris Reservoir. Camping facilities include 75 sites, most with electrical and water hook-ups. Some sites are primitive and lack these amenities.

Norris Lake has 700 miles of shoreline and a commercial marina. Visitors can rent pontoon boats. A public boat ramp provides access for boaters to engage in a variety of water activities. The park hosts events throughout the year, such as their Fall Color Boat trips where visitors ride a pontoon boat past the fall foliage while knowledgeable park rangers identify plant and animal life. Other recreation options include several miles of wooded hiking trails along the Norris Dam.

Norris Dam State Park
125 Village Green Circle
Lake City , TN 37769-5932
(865) 426-7461
state.tn.us/environment/parks/NorrisDam

Cumberland Trail State Park

Cumberland Trail State Park is the only state park of its kind in Tennessee. Upon completion it will be a linear park comprised of 300 miles of trail through the Tennessee wilderness. As of 2009, 150 miles are currently open for exploration. The Cumberland Trail is narrow and designed for single-file hiking to reduce impact on the environment and local wildlife.

Cove Lake State Park near Caryville is one of the trail's main access points for the currently-accessible Cumberland Mountain segment. The trailheads for this segment are at the Cumberland Gap at the north end and Caryville at the south end. The Cumberland Mountain segment includes geographical points of interest like the TSM (Tri-State Marker where Kentucky, Virginia and Tennesse meet), Window Rock and Devil's Racetrack.

Cumberland Trail State Park
220 Park Road
Caryville, TN 37714
(423) 566-2229
tennessee.gov/environment/parks/CumberlandTrail

Article Written By John Leonard

John Leonard is a freelance writer living in Maryland. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and has been writing Web content and travel blogs for over a year. He mainly writes travel articles for Trails or general articles for eHow.

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