Steeped in southern hospitality against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, the Knoxville area has something everyone. Members of the community enjoy excellent schools, an abundance of outdoor recreation, ideal gardening conditions, and a vibrant dining and entertainment industry. Knoxville is home to the University of Tennessee, but it is much more than a college town, surrounded by lakes, mountains, and a welcoming community. Surrounded by majestic mountains in East Tennessee, Lake Norris covers over 33,000 acres, with over 800 miles of shoreline. The lake is a reservoir created in the 1930s with the construction of Norris Dam, and is a favorite vacation spot for swimming, fishing, and boating. The town of Norris was established for construction workers and their families while the dam was being built, and is now a charming, hospitable town offerings its residents access to hundreds of secluded coves, 2 state parks, two wildlife management areas, commercial marinas and trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders. Some residents so love living on the lake that they choose to live on the lake; permenant houseboat neighborhoods can be found on Lake Norris. Considered to be one of the best lakefront communities in Tennessee, Lake Norris just might be your ideal new home.
In the friendly area of Norris resides 1,648 people where 82% are homeowners. With an average age of 45, the residents of Norris are well established, with many growing families of all ages. Over the recent months roughly 10 homes have been sold with an average sold price of $251,300. That is a decrease of $121,978 from the previous period.
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Things to Do near Lake Norris
There are two state parks to explore near Lake Norris, both with full RV hookups and campgrounds:
- Norris Dam State Park
- Big Ridge State Park
Enjoy a hike, bike ride, or picnic in one of the parks. You might see some wildlife, including deer, turkey, great blue herons and a few eagles along with cows and horses grazing at the shoreline.
Visit the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, a living history museum that interprets the pioneer and early 20th-century period of the Southern Appalachian region. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, with over 30 historic buildings rescued and preserved to allow guests to step back in time. Catch a live performance, or pursue the folk art displays and impressive collection of relics.
Stop by Clinch River Brewing for craft beer and comfort food. The local favorite has a beautiful patio where you can enjoy your food and drink with friends.
Just 25 minutes away is Knoxville, where you will find over 850 miles of hiking trails, with something to accommodate every skill level. Take a hike or go bird watching, or just enjoy the lush, tranquil scenery of the gorgeous landscape. Take a kayak or paddle board out on the Tennessee River that winds through downtown Knoxville, or buy a ticket on The Star of Knoxville, an authentic paddlewheeler offering lunch and dinner cruises.
Schools near Lake Norris
Families in Lake Norris are supported by public schools in Anderson County Schools. The district is highly rated, with good public schools featuring excellent test scores and small class sizes.
There are also a number of private schools in the area for families in search of a specific academic philosophy.
Lake Norris Real Estate
The Lake Norris real estate market is filled with charming single family homes, many surrounded by the trademark Tennessee aesthetic: lush green lawns and beautiful mature trees. You can find a small single family home in the $200,000s, or a large home on a small acreage starting in the upper $600,000s. There are no condos or townhomes in Norris, but you will find affordable single family homes at a comparable price point to condos and townhomes in surrounding towns.
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