Loyston Sea

The Loyston Sea is a mile-wide section of Norris Lake that covers the community of Loyston. This bustling community was established by the Stookesbury family around 1800, and John Loy established a foundry in the area in the early 19th century. In 1866, the establishment of a Post Office gave the town the name of Loy's Cross Roads, but in 1894, the name was changed to Loyston. At the time that the building of Norris Dam was discussed, Loyston had a population of 70 residents and consisted of several businesses and churches. The town was covered by water in 1935 and the residents were relocated by the TVA to Knox, Anderson, Blount and Loudon Counties, whereas a few chose to move to the Big Ridge area. The Loyston Sea is a popular area for boating, water skiing, and jet skiing. It can be seen from hiking trails in Big Ridge State Park, from trails in the Chuck Swan WMA or at Loyston Point.


Latitude: 36.276386 Longitude: -83.94104 Elevation: 1001 ft


What did they do w/ the trees under Norris lake? When the dam was being built, much of the area had already been timbered or strip cut. Soil erosion was a severe problem in the Powell and Clinch River watersheds. The TVA removed almost all of the structures including large trees in the project reservoir basin. This work was done by the CCC. As the dam was being built, the CCC, US Forest Service, and TVA replanted many trees on shorelines and rocky, barren hills to prevent further silt and erosion in the watershed. This included cultivating an important tree nursery in the Norris area. CCC also built mason walls, bridges, and smaller dams to further prevent soil erosion. Some of the native trees lost due to the damming of the rivers have been re-introduced as a program of work for the TVA and for AmeriCorps partners. An example is bald cypress which can now be found in abundance on sand bars and in shallow coves.

Darth Vader, 4/7/2019

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