Located in the southeast region of the USA, Tennessee is a landlocked state that is known for its agriculture and tourism. It is nicknamed the ‘Volunteer State’ because of the number of volunteer soldiers that hailed from the state during the War of 1812, though some say this nickname came from the volunteers during the Mexican–American War.
Tennessee is a diverse state, with its east portion being dominated by the Appalachian Mountains, the middle of the state being a dome and the west sitting within the Gulf Coastal Plain. It is home to national parks, plantations, scenic trails and thriving cities, making it one of the country’s top 10 tourist destinations. Outdoor lovers flock to Tennessee to enjoy its great outdoors, which includes a number of lakes. These are the 15 best lakes in Tennessee.
1. Norris Lake
Norris Lake sits in five counties within the eastern portion of Tennessee and was created by the damming of the Clinch River. The 137 square kilometre lake sits within the Great Valley of East Tennessee, surrounded by hills, rock formations and forest.
There are a number of marinas around the lake’s 1,302 kilometre shoreline, as well as camping grounds, vacation rentals and boat ramps. Water skiing, boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities enjoyed at Norris Lake.
Norris Dam State Park surrounds the lake, which is home to cabins, camping sites and a recreation centre. It is also home to the Lenoir Museum Cultural Complex, which consists of two historical structures; the Crosby Threshing Barn and the Rice Gristmill.