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Cove Lake State Park

110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
+1 423-566-9701
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Lovely hime

My husband and I stopped here briefly for a hike and wished we had more time to explore. We stopped... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
via mobile
Paved walking trails

We visited this park for about an hour before we checked into our hotel. They have nice picnic... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2017
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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.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“walking trails” (11 reviews)
“nice walking” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
+1 423-566-9701
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My husband and I stopped here briefly for a hike and wished we had more time to explore. We stopped in October and it was a beautiful time.

Thank Meahme
Reviewed 22 November 2017

We visited this park for about an hour before we checked into our hotel. They have nice picnic areas and paved walking trails. Very nice area.

Thank luv2cruiseeverywhere
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Our pavillon was very clean and ready for our group. Area surroundind was very well kept and available for some games.Fire pit was large so all food could be prepared at one time. parking was adequate.

Thank Ronald M
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Lovely, fun place to picnic with family and friends. Close to home. A awesome restaurant is sleep on the property with lot's of tasty food and live music.

Thank vszczepaniak1
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

First and last time. Picked it online the site I picked was un usable for a 38ft 5th wheel 3 feet from the door was a boulder and a bank. Looks are deceiving online. They were nice enough to let me look at other sites...More

1  Thank O8489PLgeorgeb
Reviewed 30 July 2017

The Park is overlooking the beautiful mountains in the area. Our family loved the outdoor games it offered. They even have a spot for fishing!

Thank Heather G
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

They only have four tent sites available ( tents my also rent out the RV spots though as well). When we got there we were the first tent there and we thought this will be okay. It was right on the lake...but no pad or...More

Thank Jessi_crip
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We live about 5 miles from this park. It's a small, but nice place. We've had birthdays here, church gatherings.

Thank gregorya616
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We visited the park in hopes of finding a few trails and off the path fun. However, we didn't do our research very well, it's a day use park designed for recreations. The lake is beautiful and it has many spots for basketball or kickball...More

Thank jns2020
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Cove Lake State Park is quite popular with the locals if the number of T-ball teams, their coaches, parents, and siblings is any indication. One would have thought by listening to parents and coaches that future MBA players were being trained right there! It is...More

Thank Patricia S
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Questions & Answers
Cammy M
2 July 2016|
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Response from Susan H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is called little Egypt. Just ask a local for directions. Beautiful waterfall
29 March 2016|
Response from CoveLakeStatePark | Property representative |
You can if you are camping on a camp site. Fires aren't allowed anywhere else on park grounds though due to safety. Thank you