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Norris Lake is located north of the town of Knoxville in Tennessee and was the first reservoir that was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. It is a very long lake, extending 73 miles up Clinch River and 55 miles up the Powell from Norris Dam. The creation of the dam started in 1933, and Norris Lake was filled in 1937. As the area gets a lot of rain, it is a vital tool for flood prevention, however, is also used for water storage, hydroelectric power, and is a popular recreational lake.

Overall there are around 800 miles of shoreline with a maximum width of only 1.2 miles. Around the shores are several conservation lands, such as the Norris Dam State Park, and Chuck Swan State Forest, and it is these lush, open spaces that draw people to book an RV in Anderson County. Knoxville is the closest major town to the lake, but there are also several other cities that are worth exploring, such as Middlesboro, KY, Oak Ridge, TN, and Jefferson City.

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Getting Outdoors

As Norris Lake is pretty big, there is room to accommodate a range of water sports. Boating and water skiing are both popular ways for visitors to spend their vacation time when motorhome camping around the lake, especially in the summer months, with some people coming to simply chill and bask in the deck under the hot Tennessee sun, while others enjoy the thrill of speed that waterskiing can provide. There are plenty of secluded coves to explore, which are often best seen from on the water, providing a new perspective of the shores and surrounding coastline.

Norris Lake is surrounded by nature on all sides, with Big Ridge State Park below and the Chuck Swan State Forest above. These parks, forests, and open spaces will give you a true sense of Tennessee's great outdoors and provide plenty of hiking, biking, nature viewing, and bird watching opportunities. They are also a good spot to just have a picnic with family and friends when camping with an RV in the area.

There is some excellent fishing on Lake Norris. However, there are advisories about the consumption of the fish due to the mercury levels in the lake. The main species are black bass and striped bass, crappie, walleye, and sunfish.

Camping at Norris Lake

There are a few options for those that want to go camping at Norris Lake. One such option is Loyston Point Campground, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian chain. Most campsites have a lake view, with some sites directly on the waterfront, while others are located a little further back in the trees and grassy areas. There is a total of 64 campsites, most of which have electric hook-up available, and there are also heated showers and flush toilets. Pets are welcome at this campsite.

Lost Creek Campground is another site that lies directly on the waterfront, directly across from the Chuck Swann Wildlife Management Area. The campground sits on around 50 acres of land with 120 campsites available, 16 boat slips, a boat ramp, and 1,300 linear feet of Lake Norris shoreline for visitors to enjoy. Each site for Norris Lake campers comes with water, sewer, and electrical hookups, and there are also modern, clean restrooms available.

Exploring the Area

As the lake lies close to Knoxville, many of the area's attractions lie in or around the city. For example, the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum provides a lovely day trip, especially when the weather is nice. Sitting on 47 acres, visitors are invited to explore some of the walking trails, display gardens, unique and historic horticulture, and much more. Thanks to donations and support, the gardens are completely free to visit, and located just 5 minutes from downtown, it is definitely worth the trip when you camp in an RV near Knoxville.

For art lovers, the Knoxville Museum of Art should definitely be on your to-do list. It celebrates the art and artists of North Tennessee, with ever-changing exhibits, no visit will be the same. As well as viewing and learning about the art held here, the museum also runs a number of events and workshops where you can try your hand at some of the techniques yourself. The museum can be visited at any time of year, but especially makes a great rainy day activity.

Just outside of town, Adventure Park Ziplines provides visitors a real adrenaline rush. The 70-acre park provides some stunning views of the Smoky Mountains, an incredible backdrop to a zipline tour. Overall there are seven Ziplines of varying length, with the longest reaching 2000 feet. The whole family can enjoy reaching speeds of up to 50 miles an hour as you soar through the trees on an adventure that you won't be forgetting in a hurry.

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