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“Convenience for I-75 travelers or family week-end get-away”

Cove Lake State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Caryville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Cove Lake’s 717 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau. A paved walking/bike trail provides easy access to all park facilities. Visitors can spend the day fishing or simply sitting back and capturing the picturesque vista Cove Lake offers. In the 1920s, several groups began lobbying state and federal legislators for the construction of a dam at the confluence of the Clinch River and Cove Creek to control flooding and provide electricity to the area. The project was initially known as the Cove Creek Project, but after the Tennessee Valley Authority assumed control of the project in 1933, it became known as the Norris Project. The project was named for Nebraska senator George Norris, who had advocated the creation of TVA in the early 1930s. The construction of Norris Dam began in 1934 and the dam’s gates were closed in 1936, effectively creating the Norris Reservoir. The Tennessee Valley Authority constructed Caryville Dam to protect the town of Caryville from the Norris Reservoir, which would extend for several miles up Cove Creek. Regardless, several of the town’s structures were condemned or moved, and two highways had to be rerouted. TVA planned Cove Lake State Park as one of the Norris Project’s three demonstration recreational areas, the other two being Norris Dam State Park and Big Ridge State Park along the main reservoir to the east. The park has 106 campsites equipped with grills and picnic tables. There are also six large picnic pavilions available for rent.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This was our second RV trip to Cove Lake State Park. It is a popular, moderately managed campground that both local campers and travelers use. Sites are graveled, of average size and mostly level to slight incline. Sections A and B are older sections, but have more shade from large Cedar trees and other deciduous trees. Handicapped sites located near the bathhouses have concrete pads and walks. There are hiking trails and nearby access to the Cumberland Trail. The restaurant provides both casual dining and special menu options, which we found to be very well prepared. There is a minor nuisance noise from the nearby interstate, which can be minimized by reserving a space in section C. Section C is also mostly open in the center of the loop, with some morning or afternoon shade along the perimeter.

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Cove Lake State Park is a good spot to spend a summer's afternoon... Rode our bikes to it. There are all the amenities of a nice park with barbequing, playing sports or just relaxing. There is a nice restaurant on site. I highly recommend this park.

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Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stopped by here for lunch on our way to Dandbridge and were going to walk one of the trails behind the restaurant and were a little disappointed it was so close to the highway and decided not to go. The restaurant food was only fair and the whole place needed up dating. The whole experience was like going to a city park and not what I expect from a state park.

2  Thank Myrna M
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

Living in Knoxville, this is a great campground for a close weekend getaway. Spacious campsites, with many different options for everything from tent campers to Class A - just check out the website for site descriptions. Some are even right on the water. We stayed with friends on the loop that circled a large grassy area. Even though the entire park was full for an event, it really didn't feel crowded or busy at all. Would highly recommend for anyone wanting an inexpensive camping weekend.

5  Thank Lorraine T
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Whenever we stay in Caryville, we make a point to drive through the State Park and end our tour with dinner at the restaurant located near the entrance. The food is great and the people very friendly. On one trip, we even met the restaurant owner in the parking lot. He was loading his vehicle for a carry out order, but took time to stop and talk with us a bit. We complemented him on the meal we just finished.

4  Thank Ronald P
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