New Rocky Trail Provides Adventure, Challenge
Options for a wintery hike or bike ride just got greater in East Tennessee with the opening of a new 6.7-mile, multiuse trail at Loyston Point Recreation Area on Norris Reservoir. The twisty, singletrack trail is designed with natural elevation changes and exposed rocks and roots to provide moderate challenges for hikers and bikers who want more adventure.
“Many associate TVA with power, but we’re unique among power generators in that we were created to not only drive economic growth in the Southeastern United States but also to protect and improve the natural resources of the Tennessee Valley region,” says Vice President, River & Resources Stewardship Allen Clare. “This new trail helps us meet that mission.”
Located 30 minutes north of Knoxville, TVA’s Loyston Point Recreational Area provides year-round hiking, biking, and boating, as well as lake swimming and camping during warmer weather months. During the past six years, TVA has invested $750,000 in the family-friendly recreation area to create more than 23 miles of trails that make the area suitable for leisurely walks or endurance bike rides.
In total, TVA provides access to more than 180 miles of trails on 30 public trails.
Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and asks that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after pets. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club helps with day-to-day maintenance of the Loyston trail system.