TVA campgrounds are open for the 2021 season. Learn more.
TVA recreation areas, trails and undeveloped lands are open with the exception of the following, which are closed for maintenance and improvements:
Visitor centers at dams remain closed. Restrooms are open with the exception of the following, which are closed for maintenance and improvements:
Several public land gates and access roads will be closed to motorized vehicles at the following reservoirs during low winter water levels to reduce damage to roadbeds: Boone, Cherokee, Douglas, Hiwassee, Kentucky, Melton Hill, Norris, Nottely and Watts Bar. Please do not block any closed access gates as they may be needed in case of an emergency. All public dispersed sites will remain open to foot traffic at all times.
We’ve got trails to suit every interest and experience level, so whether you're looking for an easy stroll, planning your first mountain bike ride or craving a challenging climb, we’ve got you covered.
Scenic vistas? Check. Birdwatching wonderlands? Check. Wildflower walks? Check. We've even got trails that lead to premium hunting grounds (in season), fishing holes and backcountry campsites.
Here are some things to remember while you're planning your next trail adventure:
With our improved guide to TVA's almost 180 miles of trails, finding the right destination for you has never been easier. Consult the map or table below, which is sorted by state and reservoir. You'll find detailed trail descriptions, the inside line on difficulty levels, information about amenities, maps, distance, uses and any relevant notes that might affect or enhance your experience. Sixteen of TVA's trails wind through Small Wild Areas, nature preserves that offer stunning views and access to rich natural resources. Click here to find a trail that runs through one of TVA's Small Wild Areas. Bonus: The Appalachian Trail crosses TVA land at Fontana and Watauga dam reservations!
Most of the trails are overlaid on topographic (or topo) maps. Topo maps are an attempt to show real variations in elevation on a flat map. If you know how to read a topo map, the map itself can tell you a lot. Here are a few tips to help you out.
The trails marked in red are open for hiking only; blue are open for hiking and biking; and yellow are open for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
|Cave Mountain Trail||Guntersville Dam||1.5 mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Cooley Cemetery Trail||Guntersville Dam||6 miles, one way / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Honeycomb Trail||Guntersville Dam||9.3 miles / moderate to difficult||Directions||Trail Map|
|Marbut Bend Trail||Wheeler Lake||1.1 mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Muscle Shoals Reservation Trails||Wilson Dam||17 miles total / easy to moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Nottely Dam Trail||Nottely Dam||2.5 mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Nottely Tailwater Trail||Nottely Dam||1 mile / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Chatuge Dam Trail||Chatuge Dam||1.5 miles, one way / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Cherokee Cross Country Trail||Cherokee Dam||4.47 mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Johnson Ridge Trail||Cherokee Lake||1.7 mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Big Ridge Trail||Chickamauga Lake||1.3 mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Dandridge Partnership Trail||Douglas Lake||1.2 miles, out and back / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Trotter Bluff Trail||Douglas Dam||1.2 mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Lady’s Bluff Trail||Kentucky Lake||2.6 miles / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Melton Hill Dam Trail||Melton Hill Dam||0.75 miles / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Worthington Cemetery Trail||Melton Hill Lake||0.75-mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Little Cedar Mountain Trail||Nickajack Lake||3 mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Raccoon Mountain Trails||Nickajack Lake||28.3 miles total / easy to difficult||Directions||Trail Map|
|Loyston Point Trails||Norris Lake||17.7 miles / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Hemlock Bluff Trail||Norris Lake||2.5 miles / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|River Bluff Trail||Norris Dam||3.2-mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Songbird Trail||Norris Dam||2-mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
A section of the Songbird Trail is washed out, but the trail remains open for use.
|South Holston Multi-use Trails||South Holston Dam||4.2 miles / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|South Holston Tailwater Trails||South Holston Dam||5.1 miles / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Beach Trail||Tellico Dam||2 miles / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|East Lakeshore Trail||Tellico Lake||28.8 miles / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Hall Bend Trail||Tellico Dam||5 mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Fooshee Trail||Watts Bar Lake||3 miles / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Forest City Trail||Watts Bar Dam||0.3-mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|Whites Creek Trail||Watts Bar Lake||3 mile loop / moderate||Directions||Trail Map|
|Overlook Trail||Watauga Dam||0.5 miles / easy||Directions||Trail Map|