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About Norris Lake
Norris Lake is a reservoir located in Tennessee, with outlets to many different Tennessee counties and towns. Whether you stay in a local town or close to the lakeshore, there are plenty of fun things to do and sights to see out on the lake. Also, be sure to check out our Norris Lake Vacation Rental Locations guide, and our Norris Lake Family Activities guide.
Things to do at Norris Lake
Norris Lake is filled with fun activities for the whole family. Out on the water you can try your hand at paddle boarding or jet skiing; or even just spend the day relaxing on one of the pontoon boats that are available for rent. Got your own boat? Check out one of the full service marinas around the lake to restock on supplies or rent some jet skis. On land, you can go golfing at The Greens at Deerfield, shopping at the Middlesboro Mall, or out to dinner at fun restaurants like Henry’s or Castaway’s Grill and Bar. For a little more adventure, try a day hike through Big Ridge State Park, or plan a camping trip at the Norris Dam State Park. Animal lovers will want to try their hand at horseback riding, and thrill seekers will want to sign up to jump or kayak off the Cedar Creek Jumping Bridge. You can even take the kids out to the Knoxville Zoo for a fun, relaxing day out! Norris Lake is filled with fun activities for everyone.
Norris Lake Day Trips
There are plenty of fun day trips you can take from Norris Lake. Plan a picnic trip or hiking adventure out to Middlesboro, Kentucky, home to the Cumberland Gap National Park. For some more fun out on the water, travel over to the Powell River and enjoy views of the Great Smoky Mountains, or stop for dinner at the Good Home Cookin’ Restaurant. Sports fans can travel an hour south to Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers. For a quiet day trip away from the water, head out to the city of La Follette, a small residential town perfect for a quick getaway. Love the outdoors? Venture up to Williamsburg, a town in Kentucky located on the edge of the Daniel Boone National Forest.
Norris Lake Accommodations
Whether you’re want to spend your vacation lakeside or are planning a day trip on land, we make is easy for you to find the perfect place to stay. There are cabins available for rent all across Norris Lake, but we recommend choosing a rental close to Elm Springs, which will put you in the valley of the Great Smoky Mountains. For some fun out on Powell River, choose a rental near Alder Springs, a quiet town close to La Follette. Planning on visiting the Norris Dam State Park? Choose a rental near Pine Crest, a lake community that’s located to the park, as well as Knoxville, a fun college-town. If you’re planning a longer day trip up to Kentucky, we recommend choosing a rental near Tazewell, a town close to the interstate that will take you up north. No matter where you decide to stay, you can compare rentals by price, ratings, reviews and more on Tripping. Book your Norris Lake rental today!
Transportation around Norris Lake
Since Norris Lake is spread throughout a many different small towns, there are no public transportation services other than to and from the airport. We recommend renting a vehicle from one of the many Enterprise services located around the lake.