With nearly 1,000 miles of outstanding off-road terrain and some of the state's finest hiking and biking, Anderson County is a prime destination for those seeking outdoor thrills. Made of pure beauty, Norris Lake forms an oasis of greenways and blueways where the water meets the mountains and open-air adventures are boundless.
These glorious East Tennessee mountains and valleys form an idyllic playground where off-roading and horseback riding are as prevalent as hiking, boating and fishing. Wakeboarders and wake surfers flock to Norris Lake for 800 miles of shoreline, 22 marinas and clean, cool water. Fourteen types of fish live here, including striped bass, walleye and crappie. In fact, the fishing’s so good the Outdoor Network filmed two episodes of Fishing University on Norris Lake.
Relax at one of the lakeside cabins, condos or campgrounds or get out and play with a houseboat, boat or jet ski rental.
Anderson County’s largest privately owned off-road recreation area, Windrock Park boasts more than 300 miles of trails ready to be explored by ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes, Jeeps and mountain bikes. For the ultimate off-road adrenaline rush, check out the Rock Crawling trail and the daring downhill mountain bike course.
Off-roading at Windrock Park
For a more low-key setting, stroll the 1.9-mile nature trail through the woods. Be sure to snap a photo at the Tennessee Valley Authority Windmill Farm, where 18 windmills rise from Buffalo Mountain.
Paddling on Melton Hill Lake
A must-experience scenic drive, the Devil’s Triangle winds through the verdant Cumberland Mountains in 45 miles of steep switchback curves, gaining 1,000 feet in elevation. View peaceful pastures, rural mountainsides and the heart of East Tennessee’s mining country.
Don’t miss the Brushy Mountain Prison, which housed James Earl Ray, assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Mountain Biking through Norris Watershed
Head to Haw Ridge Park for 28 miles of hiking, mountain bike trails and Nordic skiing trails and five miles of shoreline offering easy access to canoeing. Wander among 40 varieties of wildflowers and the occasional resident deer or rare tree goat. Call on Adventures Outdoors for hourly, half-day and full-day kayak, stand-up paddleboard and bike rentals.
Let the area’s historic attractions take you back in time. More than 300 years of history are on display throughout Anderson County. Discover a unique American culture of crafts, music, cuisine, heritage and beliefs at the sites listed below.
Whatever your tastes in adventure may be, you’ll find it in Anderson County. Start planning your trip today with these one-of-a-kind lodging options.