Attractions

The beautiful waters and shoreline of Norris Lake is our main attraction but the attractions and activities do not stop there. Step back in time to Appalachian history at a local museum or explore the trails of a nearby State Park. There is always something fun to do in and around Norris Lake.

Ijams Nature Center

Ijams Nature Center

More than 150 acres of beautiful forests, meadows, ponds and gardens connected by 5 miles of trails. Evening Walks, canoe trips, junior naturalist workshops, Bug Night, Invasive Species Movie Marathon and Music in the park. Free Admission
Location: 2915 Island Home Ave - Knoxville
Phone: 865-577-4717
Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville Museum of Art

Permanent collection of American art created during and after 1960`s. Contains 5 galleries, A Sculpure Terrace, Exploratory, "put yoru face on" or walk into portraits, work on paper, abstract paper and games. This space is designed for pre-kindergarden and elementary school ages during the weekdays, and self-directed for parents and children weekends and holiday. Admission Fee
Location: Worlds Fair Park - Knoxville
Phone: 865-525-6101
Haw Ridge State Park

Haw Ridge State Park

Haw Ridge Park is a 780-acre park on the shores of Melton Hill Lake across from the Bull Run Steam Plant. The park is a wilderness area supporting more than forty varieties of wild flower, including one endangered plant. More than 25 miles of trails and 5 miles of shoreline are used by hikers, trail runners, canoers, mountain bikers, Nordic skiers, and horseback riders. Haw Ridge Park is also a popular spot for Geocaching, the exciting hi-tech treasure hunting game. The park offers a variety of trails and former jeep roads for the hiker, trail runner, or experienced mountain biker.
Location: Oark Ridge Tennessee
Museum of Appalachia

Museum of Appalachia

Discover the pre WWII heritage of the area at this 65 acre Appalachian history complex. The museum contains iver 250,000 pioneer everyday relics including 30 log structures. There is even a restaurant and craft center. Lots of animals - sheep, goats, peacocks, long hair chickens and more.
Location: Highway 61 (I-75 exit 122) Norris, TN
Phone: 865-494-7680
Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park

The first dam built in the TVA system. Guided activities include a nice mornign lake cruie, wildlife tours, critter scavenger hunts and crafts. 19TH CENTURY RICE GRIST MILL and LENOIR MUSEUM.
Location: Off Exit 188) from I-75
Phone: 865-426-7461
Star of Knoxville Riverboat

Star of Knoxville Riverboat

Authentic, Mississippi style paddlewheel boat offers a view of Knoxville from the water on a brunch, luncheon, dinner (includes food & entertainment) or sightseeing cruise along the beautiful Tennessee River.
Location: Volunteer Landing - Knoxville
Phone: 865-525-7827
Toll Free: 800-509-BOAT
Worlds Fair Park

Worlds Fair Park

266 Foot tall stell tower known as the Sunsphere constructed for the 1982 World`s Fair. Lots of shops, candy factory. Across the street is Fourt Kid Playground.
Location: 963 Worlds Fair Park Dr, Knoxville
Phone: 865-546-5707
Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park lies on 3,687 acres and is an example of the public recreation development along TVA lakeshores. The park offers something for everyone including hiking trails, fishing, swimming, picnic areas, pavilion, children`s playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, camping and more! There are 4 hiking trails in this area: Lake Trail, Meditation Trail, Loyston Overlook Trailhead and Dark Hollow Trailhead. Hiking trails range from 310 yards to 1.5 miles
Location: 1015 Big Ridge Park Rd, Maynardville
Phone: 865-992-5523
Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex

Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex

Location: 2121 Norris Fwy, Norris
Phone: 865-494-9688