River Bluff Trail and Small Wild Area

The TVA River Bluff Small Wild Area Trail is a National Recreation Trail as well as a Tennessee Scenic Trail, located on the TVA Norris Dam Reservation in Anderson County, TN. The 125-acre site features old growth hardwoods, pine plantations and rich pockets of wildflowers and ferns. Along the way you will notice steep bluffs overlook the mist-covered Clinch River. Although often concealed by lush vegetation, several types of birds and other wildlife inhabit the area.

During the end of March and beginning of April, wildflowers are abundant and TVA naturalists lead guided wildflower walks during this time. You can call TVA public land information center 800-882-5263 to learn the schedule.

For more information visit TVA Trails Webpage. 

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Latitude: 36.220442 Longitude: -84.095179 Elevation: 985 ft


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Trail Distance

3.2 mile loop

Eco-Friendly Notes

Parking, benches available

ADA Accessibility Notes

No ADA accessibility available

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6-feet. TVA is a partner of Leave No Trace and requests that visitors follow Leave No Trace practices, including picking up after your pet

How to Get There

From Knoxville, head north on I-75. 

Drive approx. 20 miles to Exit 122 (Clinton/Norris). 

Turn right onto Highway 61, and go approx. 1.5 miles (past the Museum of Appalachia) and turn left on U.S. Highway 441. 

Follow highway 441 across Norris Dam. 

Take the second left onto Dabney Rd. and immediately make a slight left turning down the hill.

Follow the signs to the River Bluff SWA. This road leads to the parking area and trailhead on your Right.


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