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Hiking Club

Norris Watershed and State Park

  • 11/27/2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • Lenoir Museum, 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris, TN


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  • For non-member hike registrations

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This post-Thanksgiving hike will let us work off a little bit of the turkey and pumpkin pie and enjoy some beautiful fall colors in the Norris Watershed. The Norris Municipal Watershed is a 2300-acre area that is the watershed of Clear Creek, the source of the city’s water supply. Our hike will begin at the Lenoir Museum (Norris Dam State Park) parking area, which is located about 1 mile downstream from Norris Dam on U.S. Hwy. 441. We will hike up Clear Creek Trail and then Dyer Hollow Trail. Next we will climb up to Reservoir Hill through older upland hardwood forest and reverted old fields of yellow poplar. The hike then travels to Observation Point where there is an open view of Norris Dam, the Clinch River, and Walden’s Ridge. We will then descend down Eagle Trail and Cliff Trail, which was constructed by the CCCs in the 30s, to the starting point. The hike will take us through several different forest eco-types, and we will see some of the work done by the CCCs and TVA in the 1930s as part of the Norris Dam Project.

This hike is 3.7 miles in length and rated easy, with a total elevation gain of about 600 feet. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Lenoir Museum, 2121 Norris Freeway, Norris, TN.

Pre-registration is required. Masks are now required for all those participating in carpools, shuttles or key swaps, regardless of vaccination status. You may also choose to drive your own vehicle to the trailhead.

Leader: Debra Barton

Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.

For information about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, visit the NPS website or call the information line at (865) 436-1200.

Smoky Mountains Hiking Club

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Knoxville, TN 37950-1592

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