TRAILS of the NORRIS WATERSHED

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

 

INTRODUCTION

The Norris Municipal Watershed is a 2300-acre land tract located in Anderson County, adjacent to the City of Norris and is open to the public for multiple uses. It's bordered by Norris Dam State Park, TVA property, and private property. There are currently about 30 miles of trails managed for various uses:

  • Foot Traffic Only
  • Multiple Use, Non-vehicular
  • Multiple Use, Vehicular Traffic.

Parts of some trails included in this guide are located on TVA property, but have historically been managed by the City of Norris; these trails are annotated in the below table with an asterisk (*).

 

TYPES OF TRAILS 

Foot Traffic Only trails are only open to human foot traffic (hiking and running).  Multiple Use, Non-vehicular trails are open for uses include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, running, and small-game hunting (big game hunting is allowed by permit only for two annual drawn hunts).  Multiple Use, Vehicular Traffic trails are open for all previously described uses with the addition of allowing vehicles that are licensed and registered for street use. No ATVs are allowed on any part of the Norris Watershed.

TRAIL SIGN POSTS have been placed at most trail heads and have the trail names painted in a color which also designates the acceptable use of that trail:

  • Red - foot traffic only
  • Purple - multiple use, non vehicular
  • 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 it names. Usage of trails can change. Those changes will be updated on this website.

 

TRAIL SYSTEM OVERVIEW 

The watershed is bisected by two county roads, Upper and Lower Clear Creek. There are trail heads off these roads at several locations including:

  • Lower Clear Creek Road - 1) Lenoir Museum (Rice Grist Mill);  2) Norris water treatment plant (pump house);
  • Upper Clear Creek Road - Along the road at 1) Gooseneck Trail (brush dump road); 2) The intersection with Clear Creek Trail;  3) The intersection with Mockingbird Trail;  4) The intersection with Hi Point Road.
  • Other trails can be accessed from Carson Brewer Trail and Reservoir Hill; Eric Harold City Park; and Deer Ridge Road (near the intersection with Reservoir Road).

Printed trail maps are available for pickup at the City of Norris Office and at Norris Public Safety.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The portion of the watershed on the north side of Clear Creek Road 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 that you chosen trail is located on the south side of Clear Creek Road before you hike during these designated hunting periods.

The table of trails shown below gives the mileage and acceptable use for each of the trails named. You can obtain detailed information like elevation gain, physical character, historical significance, ecological notes, and other tidbits of knowledge about each trail by clicking on each trail name in the below table.

 

The Norris Watershed Board extends its sincere thanks and appreciation to Joe Feeman for developing these detailed trail descriptions

 

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

 

TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS 

 

TRAIL (CLICK ON TRAIL NAME TO ACCESS DETAILED DESCRIPTION)

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 Sinkhole 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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