Lower Clear Creek Road
This year’s hike in the Norris Municipal Watershed will explore the history of the Watershed at the time TVA purchased the property, in 1933. We’ll begin the hike on Clear Creek Trail and travel up to Lower White Pine Trail, then up Upper White Pine to Hi Point Trail. We’ll make a side trip up to High Point, the highest point in the area. A short hike down Hi Point will take us to Freeway Trail and then to Ridgecrest Trail. It is all downhill from this point, and we’ll join Hi Point Trail again for a short distance to the pump house.
The hike will cover about 3.8 miles with a couple of hills and is rated easy to moderate (see Norris Watershed Trail map at: http://www.cityofnorris.com/id336.html). Along the way we’ll see some old home sites, the original and still extant city spring, old water weirs put in by TVA, the site of a CCC camp, and more.
Participants will meet at 9 a.m. the Norris City Water Treatment Plant (pump house), located on Lower Clear Creek Road. (Turn right heading toward Norris Dam on US 441, turn right at the Rice Grist Mill, and go to the blue tower just up from the creek ford.) Those who would like to carpool or caravan from Oak Ridge can meet in the Gold’s Gym/Books-a-Million parking lot in Oak Ridge (at the end close to S. Illinois Avenue, near Salsarita’s) at 8:15 a.m.. Wear sturdy shoes or boots, and bring water and snacks or a lunch. For more information, contact Joe Feeman at 865-457-8191 or email@example.com.