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).
Norris Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Norris Watershed holds an assortment of well-maintained and marked trails. Many are short connector trails and any number of loop combinations exist. The outer loop described here should get you off to a good start. Surface: Single/double track, 8 miles. Forest road, .6 miles. Highlights include: 4WD use, horse use, rocky, rolling hills, mud holes, lots of turns."
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume IV: A Guide to Mountain Biking in East Tennessee (Milestone Press).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy, Five-Star Trails: Knoxville (Menasha Ridge Press).
"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."
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