Norris Dam offers ‘84-Mile Challenge’

Norris Dam State Park has announced the Norris Dam 84-Mile Challenge, a health initiative that combines the activities of hiking, mountain-bike riding, horseback riding, and paddling.

The year-long challenge is designed to encourage park visitors to enjoy the health benefits of spending time in nature and exploring public lands.

The program is a partnership among Norris Dam State Park, the Norris Watershed and the Tennessee Valley Authority, and challenges participants to hike, mountain-bike ride, horseback ride or paddle 84 miles of trails and waterways at Norris Dam State Park, Norris Lake waterways, Norris Watershed, and TVA trails located in Norris. The number “84” is for the 84th anniversary of Norris Dam.

Additional information, trail maps and activity logs can be found at

Participants can perform the challenge on their own and log miles throughout the year.

Completed activity logs can be submitted to the park visitor center until Dec. 1.

All participants in the challenge will receive a patch and will be invited to a celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Participants may also earn points that can be redeemed for rewards from Tennessee state parks.