River Bluff Trail

photo: Entrance to the River Bluff Trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.


This trail was traveled by a
NRT Ambassador on 05/06/2019.

This trail has been adopted by: Donna K.

Length: 3.10 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Backcountry
Agency: Other Federal
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation

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Location: At Norris Dam Reservation on US 441 N of Bethel.
State(s): Tennessee
Counties: Anderson
Longitude: -84.095179
Latitude: 36.220442

Driving Directions

From 1-75, take exit 122 for TN-61 toward Clinton/Norris. Turn onto TN-61 E. Turn left onto US-441 N/Norris Freeway. Drive for approximately 6 miles crossing over Norris Dam. After crossing the dam, take the second left onto Dabney Ln where there is a sign for the River Bluff Small Wild Area. Take an immediate left at the fork in the road by the small sign for Norris Dam. The road terminates at the trailhead and parking lot.

Description

This is a great trail for observing a large variety of wildflowers in a small area including several rare species. Rich pockets of wildflowers are scattered over the hillside, especially yellow trout lilies, celandine poppies, bloodroot, spring beauties and toothwort—bring your camera outfitted with a macro lens. If you are just learning to identify wildflowers, attend one of the annual wildflower walks held each spring. This trail is on the Norris Dam Reservation on the west side of the dam—across the tailwaters from the Songbird Trail. Norris Dam is about 30 miles north of Knoxville, Tenn., off I-75, exit 122.

Additional Details

Width: 18 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: None
Maximum Grade: 18%
Elevation Low Point: 588
Elevation High Point: 1,220
Elevation Gain (cumulative): 623 feet

Year Designated:
1976

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: River Bluff Trail Info
Website: TVA’s Annual Wildflower Walks

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Tennessee Valley Authority
Public Land Information Center
Norris , TN 37828
(800) 882-5263
https://www.tva.com/Environment/Environmental-Stewardship/Public-Lands-Info

 

Photos

Norris Dam. Photo by lamjohnm.

Norris Dam. Photo by lamjohnm.

Entrance to the River Bluff Trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Entrance to the River Bluff Trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

 

Scenic views of the Clinch River from the trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Scenic views of the Clinch River from the trail. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Loop segment starts with upper to the ridge line and lower along the river. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Loop segment starts with upper to the ridge line and lower along the river. Photo by Donna Kridelbaugh.

Reviews

NRT Ambassador Review

The River Bluff Trail is an approximately 3-mile loop, hiking-only trail located near the tail waters of Norris Dam on the Clinch River. The lower portion of the trail is flat and parallels the Clinch River, providing scenic views of the river landscape and dam in the distance. There is a moderate ascent to the upper portion of the loop trail that traverses the ridge line and along the River Bluff Small Wild Area. The trail is located in a less visited portion of the recreation area and provided a more private hiking experience. The trail was well-maintained and in excellent shape. There is a trash can located at the trailhead and ample parking spaces. While on the trail, please remember to leave no trace by packing out your trash and keeping it in good shape for us all to enjoy.

May 31, 2019

 

 

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