Norris Dam, Tennessee

Elevation Gain451ft
Trailhead Elevation1,067ft
Elevation Min/Max1065/1467ft
Elevation Start/End1067/1067ft


Norris is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Anderson County, Tennessee. It is within Norris Dam. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 1,067 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 451 feet. Near the trailhead there is drinking water. Along the trail there is a picnic site. The trail ends near High Point (elevation 1,440 feet). This trail connects with the following: High Point Trail.

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"This doubletrack path located at Norris Dam State Park starts atop a knobby ridge before plunging toward Norris Lake, where it travels near the shore through second-growth forest. The hike then turns up an inlet, where it makes a second loop and climbs the knobby ridge again, only to return to Norris Lake, this time passing directly along accessible shoreline. Your second climb, back to the trailhead, is gentler. Norris Dam State Park offers many other trails as well as other recreational opportunities." Read more
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"This hike combines trails old and new. Start at Norris Dam on a Civilian Conservation Corps-built track along Norris Lake, traveling a steep slope with big trees. Then pick up the newer Lake View Trail, which explore more shoreline, with expansive water vistas, everywhere-you-look beauty, and still more big trees. The trek begins on a hiker-only asphalt path, Lakeside Loop Trail, leaving from big Norris Dam. The trail shortly changes to gravel. An angler's trail spurs left toward the short, while the main track makes an easterly course under shade-bearing beeches." Read more

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enough trails for many hours of fun. Lake Loop is a must.
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Couple of days of super riding to be had at Norris. The trip to high point is a fairly short one on a service road. From there you can take one of many routes. You singletrack fans will love the lake loop - a somewhat technical, but fast trip down to the beautiful blue waters of Norris Lake. A swim here is a must. Have fun!

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Trail Information

Norris Dam
Nearby City
Norris Dam
Fishing, Camping
Additional Use
Norris Dam State Park
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