TRAILS of the NORRIS WATERSHED

By Joe Feeman

This is a draft document to serve as a user guide to the Norris Watershed. The author will continue to update this guide as new trails are developed, uses change, or any other factors that may affect the user. The trail descriptions are adaptations of a series of articles that were published in the Norris Bulletin. A more concise trail guide is in the works. If you have comments or questions feel free to email me at jcfeeman@comcast.net. Happy Trails!

 

INTRODUCTION

The Norris Municipal Watershed is a 2300-acre area that is open to the public for multiple uses. It is bordered by Norris Dam State Park, TVA, and private property, and is located in Anderson County, adjacent to the City of Norris. There are currently about 30 miles of trails that are managed for various users; foot traffic only; multiple use, non vehicular; and multiple use, vehicular traffic. (Parts of some trails that are included in this guide are on TVA property, but have been managed by Norris historically; these are indicated in the table below.) Foot traffic only trails are only open to human foot traffic (hiking and running); multiple use, non vehicular uses include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, running, and small-game hunting (big game hunting by permit for two drawn hunts). Vehicular traffic is open on designated roads to vehicles that are licensed and registered for street use. No ATVs are allowed on any part of the area. Trail sign posts have been placed at most trail heads and have the trail name painted in a color which also designates the acceptable use (Red - foot traffic only; Purple - multiple use, non vehicular; and Green - multiple use, vehicular traffic). Trail names are posted like street signs; the name of the trail on the post is parallel to the trail. Usage of trails can change and will be updated on this site. The watershed is bisected by two county roads, Upper and Lower Clear Creek. There are trail heads off these roads at a number of locations including: Lower Clear Creek Road - Lenoir Museum (Rice Grist Mill) and the Norris water treatment plant (pump house); and Upper Clear Creek Road - along road at Gooseneck Trail (brush dump road), intersection with Clear Creek Trail, intersection with Mockingbird Trail, and along road at intersection with Hi Point Road. In addition, the trails can be accessed from Carson Brewer Trail and reservoir hill, Eric Harold Park, and Deer Ridge Road (near intersection with Reservoir Road). Trail maps are in the process of being updated, and efforts are being made to have the current map with edits posted on this site until the new ones are produced. The current version of the map is available from the Norris City Office and Norris Public Safety. The northern portion of the watershed is closed to all users except permitted deer hunters for 10 days in September/October and 10 days in November. Be sure to check and see what is open before you hike during these periods.

The table of trails shown below gives the mileage and acceptable use for the trails described and gives the user a quick look at what is available. The detailed descriptions following the table also have information on elevation gain and physical character, along with historical, ecological, and other tidbits of knowledge about each trail. 

 

Trails Managed in the Norris Watershed (Click on the names in bold for trail details.   The Norris Watershed Board extends its thanks and appreciation to Joe Feeman for developing these detailed trail descriptions)   

Rules & Regulations of the Watershed can be viewed by clicking here

 

TRAIL

DISTANCE (MILES)

 

USE

Lower Clear Creek Trail*

2.5

Foot Traffic Only

Upper Clear Creek Trail

1.6

Multiple Use - Vehicular Traffic

White Oak Spring Trail

0.4

Foot Traffic Only

Lower White Pine Trail

1.0

Foot Traffic Only

Upper White Pine Trail

0.7

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Ridgecrest Trail*

0.9

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Hi Point Trail

4.2

Multiple Use - Vehicular Traffic

Freeway Trail

1.0

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Longmire Trail

0.8

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Raccoon Run Trail

1.1

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Red Hill Trail

1.1

Multiple Use - Vehicular Traffic

Eli Nine Trail

0.8

Foot Traffic Only

Joe's Trail 2 (Red Hill Trail/ Eli Nine Trail Connector)

0.4

Foot Traffic Only

Mockingbird Trail

0.8

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Belmont Trail

1.1

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Joe's Trail 1 (Belmont Trail/Boundary Trail Connector)

 

0.6

Foot Traffic Only

Joe's Trail 3 (Hi Point Trail/Joe's Trail 3 Connector)

0.1

Foot Traffic Only

Boundary Trail

1.2

Multiple Use - Vehicular Traffic

East Trail

1.4

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Gooseneck Trail

0.6

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Reservoir Hill Trail

0.9

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Observation Point Trail

1.1

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Reservoir Hill Circle Trail

1.4

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Dyer Hollow Trail

0.3

Foot Traffic Only

Grist Mill Trail*

0.6

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Eagle Trail*

2.0

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Cliff Trail*

0.6

Foot Traffic Only

Deer Ridge Access Trail

0.6

Multiple Use - Non Vehicular

Carson Brewer Trail

0.2

Handicap Access

 

* - Part of trail is on TVA property 

 

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