Norris dam and state park - TRAIL

Norris dam and state park - Trail, Knoxville/Clinton, Tennessee

Logging roads,single track,lake views,downhills and lots of climbs.some of the trail names Highpoint,longmire,red hill,lake loop,white pine,racoon run,freeway and many more with many miles.obey your norba trail rules please

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itsgettingbetter   Cross Country Rider [Jul 13, 2009]

Norris (aka The Watershed) is a great network of trails that is improving. With the completion of the Lake View trail (4+ miles of new trail, not fire road) you can now access the trail system out of the East campground or cabin area for those wanting to make a weekend or overnighter of it. The watershed is not well known for its single track or technical stuff but it is there if folks would take the time to go exploring. Ridgecrest & White Pine are both excellent single track. It's also well worth it to go explore Belmont and the other trails on the east side of Upper Clear Creek Rd. The downhill is fast, the climbs long and if you look around you will even find a little technical matter to keep you interested. If you are within 2 or 3 hours drive in NC, GA or KY stay at the East campground or cabin area (Norris Dam, TN State Park) and spend the weekend riding. Haw Ridge is just a 25 minute drive from Norris and this area has a lot to offer.

Customer Service

http://www.state.tn.us/environment/parks/gis/pdf/printmaps/norrisdam.pdf

Go exploring and discover your own route.

Similar Products Used: IC King & Haw Ridge
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5
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4
rondmtb   Weekend Warrior [Mar 23, 2008]

Great for a good workout! Great climbs and awesome downhills!

Customer Service

Start out going up Highpoint Trail until you see White Trail on the right, go down White Trail and stay left at the bottom it will immediately start a climb up to Red Hill road, go right on Red Hill down to Upper Clear Creek road, go left until you see Mockingbird Trail on the left, go up Mockingbird Trail to Highpoint Trail, go right until you see Lakeside loop on the left, take Lakeside back to Highpoint then go right, take Highpoint back to Freeway on the right, take Freeway down to Ridgecrest on the left, Ridgecrest will take you back down to the start.

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge, Concord
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4
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3
georgemid   Weekend Warrior [May 02, 2007]

Excellent workout all around. I'm more of a singletrack fan in general, but enjoy Norris more and more every time I ride it. Lots of different loops to combine for a quick after-work ride, or an all-day exploration.

Customer Service

Straight up High Point trail to the top of the hill! After that last painful climb, take a right to continue down HP - super fast steady downhill with lots of water bars to get plenty of air on. Left to the lakeside loop (watch out for hidden holes when the trail is leafy!) back up to high point, then left down red hill to raccoon run for more speed. Bust ass back down to the parking lot....

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge, Panther Creek, IC King
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4
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4
GaryMack   Weekend Warrior [Apr 12, 2005]

Norris is a great ride for all and the views are awsome, I am a beginning rider who rides with some bad-A mtbs and there is something for all. Killer climbs, supperfast down hill, and some switchbacks that you will meet yourself on. It is a great mix of single track, double track, fire, logging and gravel roads. There is alot of kick ass single track, but you need to ride with someone who knows the trails to find all of them because some are not marked well. If you want a great work out this is the place, The uphills will burn so good but the down hill A-hauling and jumps makes up for it. Oh yeah, watch out for the horses they like the single track trails.

Customer Service

Just ask some local riders, about the observation point, ridge crest, white pines. The best place to get information about riding in Knoxville is Harpers Bike shop, they have contact information of people who ride alot and are glad to help.

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5
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4
muscrat_pendragon   Cross Country Rider [Nov 24, 2003]

Good workout in the uphill climb. Perfect for those rainy times where leaves might be an issue you might not want to address that day.

Similar Products Used: Concord Park
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4
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4
Jim   [Mar 30, 1999]

Great trail as it combines fun climbing with varied degrees of downhill singletrack. The initial climb is about 2 miles and you gain a little over 600 feet. That is not a super-challenging climb but is a good workout and makes the singletracks that much better.

From the top there are three singletracks from the top and all of them are fun. Be careful because 2 of them lead back down close to the beginning...I always take the shortest singletrack from the top and make the climb back up to finish with one of the longer 2 trails back to the bottom.

Go to: http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/

for more info. on Norris and other trails in the same area. The site has: distances, rough maps, estimated times and elevation info.

Great trail...not for people who hate climbing or who despise fireroads even for climbing.

Customer Service

take the fire-road beginning at the water tower up to the top...then ride any singletrack you can.

Similar Products Used: Haw Ridge...refer to website above.
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4
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Ronny Beasley   [Mar 31, 1999]

I had a great time riding here. It was a great change from the flatlands of Memphis. There are some great climbs and even better descents. The trail isn't very well marked though. I rode somewhere close to 25 to 30 miles and seemed to be lost as a ball in tall weeds
Other than that I had a blast I will be back this summer several times and looking forward to it.

Customer Service

Same as above

Similar Products Used: I would like info on the trail at Oakridge Tn, if anyone knows of it give me an e amil
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3
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sam   [May 04, 1999]

high point is a great trail, for the beginiers and experts alike. Beginners get a nice wide trail that is well maintained and the better riders get some great training. It offers a good up hill and some better down hill. Raccoon run is also a good short singletrack. And if you like old people of folk music, every sunday the old ppl meat at the museum next to the grist mill and play music. and if you dont, then i sugest you try to avoid ridding on sunday.

Customer Service

high point, and some of the trails coming down to the water tower (huge green bucket). then across the "bridge" and up.

Similar Products Used: that one coming down from the united celluar tower. with all the 4x4's in it. and the one that paralells clear creek rd.
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5
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Mark Gates   [Aug 07, 1999]

Very nice, well maintained trails; off of lower clear creek road you can park your car in the area next to the wood bridge. Nice wide rocky jeep trails, nice singletrack. The route I described above is essentially uphill all the way, but it more than makes up for it going downhill. Especially on the drainage whoop-de-doos on raccoon run; caught air every time! Pure bliss.

Customer Service

Take highpoint road (starts at the water tower, go across the bridge), then turn onto raccoon run up to the red hill trail (go to http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/ for more info and maps)

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5
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Mark Gates   [Oct 11, 1999]

Since I wrote my last review, I have been back to Norris about 4 times, and I'm trying to find all sorts of variations of trips you can take. I still love coming down raccoon run for that downhill rush (got up to 29 mph once, got air with both wheels), but the top half of highpoint has some excellent downhill as well, but it tends to be steeper in some places; be careful. I've run into a lot of people on the trails, all of them friendly and helpful. I haven't been out that much lately, mainly because of school and the fact that the watershed is closed for hunting for periods of time in the fall. (Once again, check out Tom Dunigan's excellent site for the closures http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/) Nevertheless, I'll try to be out on my bike in Norris again soon, if you see me and my big red Trek, say hi or something. If you need any more information, email me at Markos423@aol.com My rating remains at 5 stars.

Customer Service

(See http://www.cs.utk.edu/~dunigan/mtnbike/normap.gif for a map of the area) Starting from Lower Clear Creek road (next to the water tower), go up the highpoint road. You have several options at this point. You can either take Raccoon Run downhill for some freaky cool whoop-de-doos, then take Red Hill road down to Upper clear creek road and make a loop, which will eventually take you back to where you started (see the map). Or you could climb up to the top of the highpoint road and be rewarded with a long downhill run to upper clear creek, and from there take the mockingbird trail back to highpoint to make a loop.

Similar Products Used: The closest trail that I can recommend is Haw Ridge, which is a over in Oak Ridge. Haven't ridden there, but my close friend has; he says it's wicked cool. I think they're gonna have a race there in November or something.
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