Norris Dam State Park is a short drive from the Knoxville area, making it a nice day trip. Or, if you’d like to go and stay for a while, there are both rustic and deluxe cabins available for rent in the park. Cabin rental rates for Tennessee State Parks. There are also camping areas available.
The dam is surrounded by thousands of acres of parkland. Some of the land is part of the state park, some is Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency land, some TVA land, and some is City of Norris Watershed land. Here’s a map that shows all the boundaries.
There are lots of hiking trails to explore, many of them short and easy. Be sure to see the old grist mill. Water still flows there and it sits in a picturesque setting along Clear Creek.
Print out some trail maps before you go. Since the park is managed by several different entities, the trails are shown on several different maps.
The best view of the dam and Norris Lake is from the TVA overlook on the west side of the dam. Watch for a gate and sign for the overlook off Highway 441 (Norris Freeway). Here’s a map of the overlook location.