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Norris Dam State Park

Plan Your Visit

Hours of Operation
Office: 8-4:30, 7 days a week.
Park closes at 10:00 p.m.

From I-75, take exit 128 and go 2.5 miles south on Hwy. 441 to the entrance of the park.
Detailed directions
To the park | From the park

The campground, swimming pool and cabins are accessible to persons with a disability.

Park Activities

Boating Camping Fishing Hiking Trails Picnic Facilities Swimming

Points of Interest

  Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  Big South Fork Recreation Area
  Cumberland Gap National Historic Area
  Oak Ridge, the American Museum of Science and Energy
  Birthplace of Alvin C. York

This 4,038-acre park, located on the Norris Reservoir, began in 1933 as the first Tennessee Valley Authority project. Miles of trails lead hikers through deeply forested valleys and ridges. Many other attractions await your finding at Norris Dam State Park.


Located on the shores of Norris Lake with 700 miles of shoreline, one of the most picturesque reservoirs in the TVA system, this park offers the ultimate in boating, skiing and fishing fun. The park offers a fully equipped marina, a boat ramp available to the general public, and pontoon boats available for rent.

A large, completely equipped commercial marina is located near the dam.

For more information: 865-494-8138

Tennessee Boating Regulations (exit TDEC)


Sites available to persons with a disability

The park has two camping areas with 25 sites in the east section and 50 sites in the west section of the park. Sites have tables, grills and electrical and water hookups, while some sites in the east primitive section lack these facilities. Modern bathhouses and dump stations are provided, and a laundromat is located near the park Village Green Complex adjacent to the pool and recreation center. Sites are available only on a first-come, first-serve basis, and maximum stay limit is two weeks. A primitive camping area is available to scout and other youth groups by reservation only.

Laundry facilities are available and the cost is $1.00 to wash and $1.00 to dry.


For information on fishing guide service, call: 865-494-8138

Trout fishing at its best!
Lake and river fishing available with catches of Brown and Rainbow trout, striper bass, small and largemouth bass, walleye, and crappie abundant. Fishing guide service is available. Contact the park marina for more information.

Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
Tennessee State Parks fishing policies

Hiking Trails

Many miles of woodland trails meander throughout the park and adjacent lands, providing spectacular views of Norris Lake and its surrounding hills and valleys. Hiking trails are open year round.

Picnic Facilities

Picnic areas are available on both the east and west sections. Each area is equipped with tables and grills, with playground and restrooms nearby.

There are two large picnic pavilions for larger gatherings. Pavilion #1 is offered free on a first-come, first-serve basis and pavilion #2 may be reserved up to a year in advance and accommodates up to 100 people. Pavilions are equipped with grills and water spigots.


The pool is open for the 2008 season on May 24 and will close for the season on August 3. Season passes will be available. Pool is open 7 days a week from 10:00a.m. until 6:00p.m. through the summer.

Lenoir Museum

The Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex is a must-see for park visitors. The complex includes the Lenoir Pioneer Museum, an 18th Century Rice Grist Mill and Crosby Threshing Barn. Exhibits also include Appalachian artifacts, a pre-dam pictorial account of the area submerged by the lake. The Museum has at times been referred to as a 'mini-Smithsonian'.

More about the museum, including photos.

Tours available by request. For more information: 865-494-9688

Read about more of the special attractions at this park, including the Caleb Crosby Threshing Barn, an 18th Century Rice Grist Mill, an antique barrel organ and more!


View Programs at this park

Other Activities

Tennis Courts (3)

The park recreation center is located at the Village Green Complex. Badminton, volleyball, basketball and many other activities are available to park visitors. Equipment may be checked out at the park office. Hours equipment is available is 8:00 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

Tour Buses

Tour buses are welcome at the park.