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Cove Lake State Park

110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
+1 423-566-9701
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Beautiful park

We live about 5 miles from this park. It's a small, but nice place. We've had birthdays here... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Caryville, Tennessee

We visited the park in hopes of finding a few trails and off the path fun. However, we didn't do... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Sevierville, Tennessee
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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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110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
+1 423-566-9701
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We live about 5 miles from this park. It's a small, but nice place. We've had birthdays here, church gatherings.

Thank gregorya616
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the park in hopes of finding a few trails and off the path fun. However, we didn't do our research very well, it's a day use park designed for recreations. The lake is beautiful and it has many spots for basketball or kickball...More

Thank jns2020
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Cove Lake State Park is quite popular with the locals if the number of T-ball teams, their coaches, parents, and siblings is any indication. One would have thought by listening to parents and coaches that future MBA players were being trained right there! It is...More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We were passing through town and stayed at the Hampton Inn a half mile down the road. Nice paths and roads to jog on. Very well maintained park. Didn't see any trash.

Thank RunOhio
Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

The rains that had just rolled through closed some of the walking paths, but it was still a beautiful place to visit.

Thank Renee J
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

Lots of walking trails, swimming pool, places to fish, play sets, tennis & basketball court!! Always something fun to do :)

Thank Webblove0
Reviewed 11 April 2017 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...More

Thank SMJ_13
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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...More

Thank Cheryl J
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
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...More

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Cammy M
are there any waterfalls or "blue holes" within this park or any place nearby?
2 July 2016|
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Response from Susan H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is called little Egypt. Just ask a local for directions. Beautiful waterfall
Can you have a small fire at night? Thanks
29 March 2016|
Response from CoveLakeStatePark | Property representative |
You can if you are camping on a camp site. Fires aren't allowed anywhere else on park grounds though due to safety. Thank you