- Kentucky Dam West Bank Road (walk-in access to fishing areas is still permitted)
- Watts Bar Dam Reservation (north side) park and boat ramp are closed due to damage
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:
- Trails may be loops or they may be out-and-back trails. Some trails may have more than one trailhead, or may require you to shuttle between trailheads. Check the online maps to be sure you know before you go.
- Some trails are part of a system of interconnected trails that give you an opportunity to select your route according to your skill level, endurance or just how much time you have to spend in the outdoors.
- All trails here allow for foot traffic, some allow bicycling and there is one horse trail.
- TVA trails include two-way traffic, so please watch out for an be courteous to others you might meet on the trail.
- TVA opens new trails, closes trails for repairs and changes trails to ensure we're giving users the best possible experience while also taking care of the Valley's natural resource, so check back here for the latest information.
With our improved guide to TVA's more than 170 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.
History on Wheels
Two new multi-use, bike-optimized trails near South Holston dam offer fun the whole family can enjoy. Check them out.
Minimize risks and maximize fun. Get tips for keeping yourself—and the environment around you—safe while you're out on a hike. Read more about trail safety.
Hiking in the Wild
Trails through TVA's Small Wild Areas let Tennessee Valley residents get up close and personal with some of the most exceptional natural and scenic resources in the region. There are sixteen ways to go "where the wild things are." Find a Small Wild Area trail near you.
Get Even Wilder
If Small Wild Areas sound too tame for you, perhaps you'd like to forge your own trail own trail through even wilder lands. You can walk freely in the woods on the nearly 293,000 acres of the undeveloped land TVA manages Valleywide as part of its mission of service. Learn more about this land—and see our Undeveloped Recreation Map—on our Recreation on Undeveloped TVA Public Lands page.
Adopt a TVA Trail
TVA manages more than 30 public trails (150 miles) along the Tennessee River and its tributaries and on reservoir lands. You can help us by protecting and monitoring the trails to instill a legacy of conservation. Learn how to volunteer.
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.
|Buck Island Trail||Guntersville Lake||1.6 mile loop / easy||Directions||Trail Map|
|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|