Distance: 2-mile loop
Coordinates: 36.212261 -84.073753
On a hot day this is the place to be. The cool waters (the average is 49ºF) in the Clinch River keep the air noticeably cooler along this trail at the base of Norris Dam. This trail is paved with crushed, packed, limestone gravel making it a great trail for just about anyone. This trail is also a birder’s paradise. In the early hours of the day or evening, you can also observe red fox and white-tailed deer. Norris Dam is about 30 miles north of Knoxville, Tenn., off I-75, exit 122.
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Two new multi-use, bike-optimized trails near South Holston dam offer fun the whole family can enjoy. Check them out.
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Most of the trails are overlaid on topographic (or topo) maps. Topo maps are an attempt to show real variations in elevation on a flat map. If you know how to read a topo map, the map itself can tell you a lot. Here are a few tips to help you out.
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