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Cove Lake State Park

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Address: 110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800
Phone Number:
+1 423-566-9701
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cove Lake’s 717 acres are situated in a beautiful mountain valley on the...

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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Nice and peaceful, they offer camping accommodations with an absolutely beautiful background of our georgous mountains.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rocky Top, Tennessee
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Rocky Top, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 spring and summer you may need to reserve a shelter. They have an Olympic sized... More 

Thank Pam2680
La Follette, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We camp there frequently as it is close to home yet feels so far away. There are large areas to run, play, playgrounds, fishing, peace and quiet! Day use is free and there is a large area when you enter for that. The campers are in another location so the day use folks do not overcrowd the campers.Grounds are very... More 

Thank msbeky2000
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

My family and I started kayaking in 2015 and in 2016 we wanted to dip our toes into camping and Cove Lake State Park was a perfect campground for our first time. We had forgot to lock up our cooler and food in the truck but were relived to find no critters had got into our stuff through out the... More 

Thank Kylene J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

This park is located on beautiful Cove Lake. Great fishing, camping, all-around relaxing. If not walking, hiking, or camping, you can swim at the pool during seasonal times, and check the restaurant located on the park. Fantastic BBQ.

Thank Melissa M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great hiking, biking and walking trails. Fabulous views all the way around the park. Great place for a picnic or a walk.

Thank Lindsey L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This spot is close to home for me and I enjoy the park each time I visit. Last week I did a lap around the walking trail and visited the restaurant. We enjoyed a great meal and we're blown away by the views.

Thank Tracy L
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a walk around the lake. Fall foliage was beautiful. Geese and ducks were on the lake. Saw a lot of people fishing.

Thank Susan0113
Jacksboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Love coming here for walks...Very clean and well maintained. There is no better place to see the fall colors!

Thank Arthur H
La Follette, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Wonderful walking trails. The place is very peaceful, basketball court, sand volleyball, tennis courts.

Thank Julie37766
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Cove Lake is known regionally as a birding "Hotspot". In some ways it lives up to the rep. It's one of the few local birding spots where Swainson's Warbler is a dependable find. Prothonotary Warbler is readily seen in the Spring and Summer.It also has a nice (but not well maintained) observation deck at the north end of the lake.... More 

Thank GrampyW

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