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Norris Watershed Trails

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The Norris Watershed Trails are a favorite of hikers, runners, mountain bikers and equestrians. Trail system consists of just under 30 miles of a mixture of singletrack and old dirt/gravel roadbeds. Winding on both sides of Lower Clear Creek Rd, trails begin just past the 18th century Rice Grist Mill and Crosby Threshing Barn. Old homesteads and cemeteries are prevalent throughout the area. One of the Watershed's best features is it's ability to dry quickly after inclement weather making this the place to go when other trails are soggy. From moderate to strenuous, the trails snake up and over the hills and wind along the eastern shore of Norris Lake, offering spectacular views of the lake and its surrounding hills and valleys. From Highpoint Trail you can connect with the lake loop of the Norris Dam State Park Trails. When traveling along the old roads, be on the watch for occasional vehicular travel.

Hunting: this area is open to hunters and some trails will close during the season. Check with TWRA or the call the city of Norris for dates (865-494-7645). There is a nearby rifle range, so don't be too alarmed if you hear shots while riding the trails and you thought it was off-season.

While in the area, hikers and birdwatchers may want to check out the River Bluff Small Wild Area.

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