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Cove Lake State Park

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Address: 110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
Phone Number:
+1 423-566-9701
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cove Lake’s 717 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the...

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.

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Peaceful, quiet

Nice grounds, walking paths (or biking paths), picnic areas. Not too crowded usually, so a nice peaceful area to get into nature. Very pretty area on the water, with mountains... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Clinton, Tennessee, United States
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Clinton, Tennessee, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice grounds, walking paths (or biking paths), picnic areas. Not too crowded usually, so a nice peaceful area to get into nature. Very pretty area on the water, with mountains in background. It's busier in summer with swimmimg pool open, but spring and fall are lovely here.

Thank SMJ_13
Indianapolis, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here for a bathroom break and to stretch our legs on our trip home. What an amazing gem we found. A free state park and absolutely beautiful stop. Clean, nice, well kept restrooms. Short paved walking trails. There is also a restaurant, though we didn`t visit it at this time. And just a half mile off I-75.

Thank Cheryl J
Caryville, Tennessee
1 review
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

It was a great park Lots of aminities.camping.boating.fishing.bycicle riding.swimming pool.security.

Thank Mary S
Rocky Top, Tennessee
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Cove lake state park is right off the interstate 75, caryville exit, peaceful and very friendly area. They have camping facilities on one side of the park, and lots and lots of picnic tables and shelters, if visiting on the weekend or holidays closer to spring and summer you may need to reserve a shelter. They have an Olympic sized... More 

Thank Pam2680
La Follette, Tennessee
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

We camp there frequently as it is close to home yet feels so far away. There are large areas to run, play, playgrounds, fishing, peace and quiet! Day use is free and there is a large area when you enter for that. The campers are in another location so the day use folks do not overcrowd the campers.Grounds are very... More 

Thank msbeky2000
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I started kayaking in 2015 and in 2016 we wanted to dip our toes into camping and Cove Lake State Park was a perfect campground for our first time. We had forgot to lock up our cooler and food in the truck but were relived to find no critters had got into our stuff through out the... More 

Thank Kylene J
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 January 2017

This park is located on beautiful Cove Lake. Great fishing, camping, all-around relaxing. If not walking, hiking, or camping, you can swim at the pool during seasonal times, and check the restaurant located on the park. Fantastic BBQ.

Thank Melissa M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great hiking, biking and walking trails. Fabulous views all the way around the park. Great place for a picnic or a walk.

Thank Lindsey L
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Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This spot is close to home for me and I enjoy the park each time I visit. Last week I did a lap around the walking trail and visited the restaurant. We enjoyed a great meal and we're blown away by the views.

Thank Tracy L
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a walk around the lake. Fall foliage was beautiful. Geese and ducks were on the lake. Saw a lot of people fishing.

Thank Susan0113

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