TRAILS of the NORRIS
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Trails!
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, 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.
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:
- 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
watershed is bisected by two county roads, Upper and Lower Clear Creek. There are trail heads off these roads at several locations
- 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.
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
*Part of trail is on TVA property
Open Watershed Trail Access Points are: (Note: all Vehicle
Trails Closed to Vehicle Traffic)
(NOTE: All parking areas are limited. Do Not Block Roadways and Maintain Spacing Distances)
Deer Ridge Trail (parking at Norris Elementary School Upper Lot)
Observation Point Trail, Reservoir Hill Circle Trail (Reservoir Hill Road Parking
including Carson Brewer Parking Lot)
Hight Point Trail at (Upper Clear
Foresters Trail (Parking off of Upper Clear Creek