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Norris-Lake is located approximately 20 miles north of Knoxville in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountains. It was the first lake/dam built by the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) in 1933, and the town of Norris was one of the first planned communities in the United States. Norris Lake extends up the Clinch and Powell Rivers and has 750 miles of scenic shoreline, with an additional 50 miles of island shoreline. The lake has three state parks and 59 public access sites that are great for hiking, biking, picnics and swimming. With its clear, deep water, Norris Lake has superb fishing and boating, and there are also two wilderness areas around the lake that are great for hiking and viewing spring and summer wildflowers. Norris Lake State Park has a picturesque working gristmill on site that is popular with artists and photographers, and next to the mill is The Lenoir Museum, with its extensive collection of area artifacts. Other points of interest around Norris Lake include the Museum of Appalachia and the Appalachian Artisans Craft Shop. The museum has two large buildings with a 65-acre working Appalachian farm community behind it and 30 authentic log outbuildings on the premises. The craft shop has traditional and non-traditional arts and crafts made by local artisans.

Surrounding areas: Knoxville, Tennessee (19.3 mi), Strawberry Plains, Tennessee (25.2 mi), Oneida, Tennessee (30.4 mi), Jefferson City, Tennessee (34.5 mi), Douglas Lake, Tennessee (35.8 mi), Sevierville, Tennessee (38.5 mi), Greenback, Tennessee (39.5 mi)

Norris Lake Vacation Rentals

Norris Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Holiday Inn Express Hotel And Suites141 Buffalo RdClinton, TN4.3 mi.(865) 457-2233
Country Inn And Suites710 Park PlClinton, TN7.7 mi.(865) 457-4311
Jameson Inns720 Park PLClinton, TN7.7 mi.(865) 457-2311
Super 8 Motel-caryville200 John Mcghee BlvdCaryville, TN8.2 mi.(423) 562-8476
Comfort Inn120 Welcome LnClinton, TN8.7 mi.(865) 457-2255
TravelodgeHwy 61 And I-75Clinton, TN8.7 mi.(865) 457-0565
Holiday Inn Cove LakeCaryville, TN9.0 mi.(423) 562-8476
Budget Host Inn115 Woods AveCaryville, TN9.9 mi.(423) 562-9595
Baymont Inn & Suites-knoxville N7534 Conner RdKnoxville, TN13.0 mi.(865) 947-7500
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson7534 Conner RdPowell, TN13.0 mi.(865) 947-7500
Holiday Inn Express7520 Conner RdPowell, TN13.1 mi.(865) 938-3800
Comfort Inn323 E Emory RdPowell, TN13.2 mi.(865) 938-5500
Knights Inn114 Dante RdKnoxville, TN14.7 mi.(865) 687-3500
Best Western Knoxville Suites5317 Pratt RdKnoxville, TN16.1 mi.(865) 687-9922
Americas Best Value Inn & Suites300 Merchant DrKnoxville, TN16.2 mi.(865) 689-2200
Hampton Inn North Knoxville119 Cedar LnKnoxville, TN16.2 mi.(865) 689-1011
Super 8 Motel North341 Merchant DrKnoxville, TN16.2 mi.(865) 689-7666
Super 8 Motel503 Merchant DrKnoxville, TN16.3 mi.(865) 689-7666
Jameson Inn Oak Ridge216 S Rutgers AveOak Ridge, TN16.9 mi.(865) 483-6809
Comfort Inn433 S Rutgers AveOak Ridge, TN17.2 mi.(865) 481-8200
Staybridge Suites420 S Illinois AveOak Ridge, TN17.6 mi.(865) 298-0050
Days Inn206 S Illinois AveOak Ridge, TN17.7 mi.(865) 483-5615
Double Tree Hotel Oak Ridge215 S Illinois AveOak Ridge, TN17.7 mi.(865) 481-2468
Hampton Inn Oak Ridge208 S Illinois AveOak Ridge, TN17.7 mi.(865) 483-5615
Comfort Inn335 Howard Baker HwyPioneer, TN18.2 mi.(423) 566-4400
Red Carpet Inn1500 Cherry StKnoxville, TN19.2 mi.(865) 546-7110
Family Inns Of America4300 Rutledge PikeKnoxville, TN19.3 mi.(865) 546-3010
Middlebrook Inn1234 Hilton RdKnoxville, TN19.3 mi.(865) 588-1982
Americas Best Value Inn3207 E Magnolia AveKnoxville, TN19.6 mi.(865) 523-7155
Holiday Inn Knoxville CTR At Papermill1315 Kirby RdKnoxville, TN19.8 mi.(865) 584-3911
Super 8 Motel6200 Papermill RdKnoxville, TN20.3 mi.(865) 584-8511
Cumberland House Hotel1109 White AveKnoxville, TN20.4 mi.(865) 971-4663
Holiday Inn Select Downtown525 Henley StKnoxville, TN20.4 mi.(865) 522-2800
Knoxville Hilton Downtown501 W Church StKnoxville, TN20.5 mi.(865) 523-2300
Baymont Inn & Suites7210 Saddle Rack StKnoxville, TN20.6 mi.(865) 633-5100
Clarion Inn5634 Merchants CTR BlvdKnoxville, TN20.6 mi.(865) 687-8989
Comfort Inn5334 Central Ave PikeKnoxville, TN20.6 mi.(865) 688-1010
Comfort Suites North5466 Central Ave PikeKnoxville, TN20.6 mi.(865) 342-0373
Crowne Plaza Knoxville401 W Smt Hill DrKnoxville, TN20.6 mi.(865) 522-2600
Econo Lodge5505 Merchant Center BlvdKnoxville, TN20.6 mi.(865) 687-5680
Bed & Breakfast
Maplehurst Inn Bed And Breakfast800 West Hill AveKnoxville, TN20.7 mi.(865) 523-7773

Norris Lake Weather & Climate

The Knoxville Region in eastern Tennessee is in a temperate climate zone. The summers are always warm and humid and the winters are brief and mild. Spring arrives early and stays for a long time and is alive with dogwoods, azaleas and other beautiful flowers. The average annual temperature for the region is 60 degrees F. The average annual snowfall for the entire state is 12 inches, and with the mild climate, snow rarely stays on the ground for more than a few days. Severe weather is rare since the state is east of the center of tornado activity, south of most winter blizzard conditions and too far inland for hurricanes. Hailstorms occur maybe two or three times per year. Thunderstorms are common in late spring and summer.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 44°F 23°F 4.91 in. -
February 49°F 25°F 4.18 in. -
March 59°F 32°F 5.64 in. -
April 69°F 39°F 4.69 in. -
May 76°F 49°F 5.19 in. -
June 82°F 58°F 4.98 in. -
July 86°F 62°F 4.37 in. -
August 84°F 61°F 4.09 in. -
September 79°F 55°F 3.51 in. -
October 69°F 42°F 2.97 in. -
November 58°F 33°F 4.70 in. -
December 47°F 26°F 5.09 in. -

Norris Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Mc Ghee Tyson airport (TYS) located about 29 miles south of Norris Lake in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Scott Municipal airport (SCX) located approximately 31 miles northwest of Norris Lake in Oneida, Tennessee, the Moore Murrell airport (MOR) located roughly 40 miles east of Norris Lake in Morristown, Tennessee, the Gatlinburg Pigeon Forge airport (GKT) located around 40 miles southeast of Norris Lake in Sevierville, Tennessee, London Corbin Magee Field (LOZ) located about 59 miles north of Norris Lake in London, Kentucky, Somerset Pulaski County J T Wilson Field (SME) located approximately 64 miles northwest of Norris Lake in Somerset, Kentucky, and finally the Greeneville Greene County Municipal airport (GCY) located roughly 71 miles east of Norris Lake in Greeneville, Tennessee.

Norris Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
NASCAR SpeedParkSeviervilleTN38.5 mi.
DollywoodPigeon ForgeTN42.5 mi.
Rockin' RacewayPigeon ForgeTN42.5 mi.
Cherokee Fun ParkCherokeeNC67.7 mi.
Santa's LandCherokeeNC67.7 mi.
Ghost Town in the SkyMaggie ValleyNC74.0 mi.
Golf Courses
Tennessee Centennial Golf CourseOak RidgeTN17.5 mi.
South Hills Golf ClubOak RidgeTN17.8 mi.
TriCounty Golf ClubOliver SpringsTN18.8 mi.
Knoxville Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN19.3 mi.
Three Ridges Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN19.3 mi.
Whittle Springs Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN19.3 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubKnoxvilleTN19.3 mi.
Dead Horse Lake Golf CourseKnoxvilleTN21.2 mi.
Egwani Farms Golf CourseRockfordTN29.2 mi.
Pine Lakes Golf ClubRockfordTN29.2 mi.
Ski Areas
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC74.0 mi.
Ski Wolf LaurelMars HillNC90.5 mi.
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC94.4 mi.
State Parks
Norris Dam State ParkTN1.1 mi. 
Big Ridge State ParkTN9.6 mi. 
Indian Mountain State ParkTN24.7 mi. 
Panther Creek State ParkTN38.6 mi. 
American Museum of Science and EnergyOak RidgeTN17.8 mi.(Science)
East Tennessee Discovery CenterKnoxvilleTN20.6 mi.(Science)
Ewing Gallery of Art & ArchitectureKnoxvilleTN20.6 mi.(Art)
Knoxville Museum of ArtKnoxvilleTN20.6 mi.(Art)
East Tennessee Historical Society MuseumKnoxvilleTN20.6 mi.(History)
Farragut Folklife MuseumFarragutTN23.7 mi.(History)
Sequoyah Birthplace MuseumVonoreTN44.6 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN20.6 mi.
Western North Carolina Nature CenterAshevilleNC96.2 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN106.4 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN106.4 mi.

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