As spring break gets closer, we are all ready to shake off those winter blues and enjoy a nice weekend get-a-way. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to take the whole family or just a quick little break with your partner, Anderson County, Tennessee has something perfect for you!
The Nature Lover – Trade in the old nine to five for fresh mountain air and breathtaking views. Norris Dam State Park offers quaint cabins where you can surround yourself with nature or if you’d prefer a more rustic experience, feel free to bring your tent along. Situated on more than 4,000 acres and surrounded by Norris Lake, the park offers fantastic hiking and biking. It’s also a prime destination for birdwatching and wildflower viewing. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring miles of trails and the majestic views of Norris Lake and the Clinch River. In addition to the outdoor activities that the park offers, the Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex is a must see for park visitors. The complex includes the Lenoir Pioneer Museum, an 18th century Rice Grist Mill and Crosby Threshing Barn.
The Fishing Enthusiast – Anderson County offers great spring fishing, from trout fishing on the Clinch River to bass and striper fishing on Norris Lake and even musky fishing on Melton Hill Lake. If you’re looking for a successful fishing weekend, look no further! The Clinch River is known as a premier trout fishery and is home to rainbow, brown and brook trout. The state record brown trout was caught on the Clinch, so you have a good chance of a big catch! Trout are stocked beginning in March, so spring is a great time to plan a trip. Find out more about fishing the Clinch here.
Norris Lake is home to 14 different species of fish, but its best known for bass fishing. Fishing is good year round, but spring time seems to be a favorite among many. Norris Lake has over 800 miles of shoreline, so if you’re not familiar with the lake, we highly recommend using a fishing guide. You can find a list here.
Melton Hill Lake has over 170 miles of shoreline, so there are plenty of places to wet a line, from shore or a boat. Musky, striped bass and crappie seem to be the angler favorites on Melton Hill. Warm water discharged at the Bull Run Steam Plant keeps the area warm throughout the year, extending the growing season for many species. To find out more about fishing on Melton Hill, click here.
The Adventure Seeker – Windrock Park is the place to be for the ultimate adventure seeker! The park offers over 350 miles of trails for off-roading. Jeeps, atv’s, side by sides, rock bouncers…you name it, you can bring it to Windrock. If you don’t own a machine, side by side rentals are available. In addition to the trails, the views are spectacular. A full campground and cabins are available at the park, so pack up the family or friends and hit the trails at Windrock Park!
The History Buff - Did you know that you can travel 300 years in 3 days in Anderson County? Be transported from 18th century Appalachia with a visit to the Museum of Appalachia. Learn about the atomic age at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, travel to the civil rights era at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center and then continue into the future at the American Museum of Science and Energy. History comes to life in Anderson County! In addition to our great museums, you can step back in time in Historic Downtown Clinton and shop around in the 20+ antique and specialty shops. If history is your thing, Anderson County is the place for you. Plan your trip today.
Anderson County, Tennessee is conveniently located off of Interstate 75 and Interstate 40, just seventeen miles north of Knoxville making it a great weekend getaway from Cincinnati, Louisville, Atlanta, Nashville, Lexington and Asheville.