The 10 Best Things to Do in La Follette, United States

December 7, 2017 Janean Rudisill

LaFollette is a city in Campbell County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 7,456 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2014 of 7,131. It is the principal city of the LaFollette, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Campbell County, and is a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area. While the city's official spelling is one word ("LaFollette")—after its founders, Harvey Marion LaFollette and his younger brother Grant LaFollette—several federal agencies spell the city's name with two words ("La Follette").
Restaurants in La Follette

1. Cove Lake State Park

110 Cove Lake Ln, Caryville, TN 37714-3800 +1 423-566-9701
Excellent
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Cove Lake State Park

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.

Reviewed By Patricia S - Dickson, Tennessee, United States

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 a beautiful park with a very good playground, numerous picnic tables, both sheltered and open, and a wonderful hiking/running track. The trail is wide and paved. One just needs to be careful to avoid the numerous water fowl "droppings" along the trail! The water level was a little low for successful fishing, but the fishing area is clean and accessible and also has a nice pier from which to fish. It is a good place to stop off if one needs to stretch legs, picnic, or just relax for awhile from driving. Also a nice place to spend a morning or afternoon. A beautiful, safe place.

2. Norris Dam State Park

125 Village Green Cir, Rocky Top, TN 37769-5003 +1 865-426-7461
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 142 reviews

Norris Dam State Park

Norris dam was the first built by the TVA in the late 1930s.

Reviewed By Leigh C - Clinton, Tennessee

I grew up in this area and spent a lot of time on Norris Lake with the family with boats and a houseboat. Lots of picnics growing up there also. We now have moved back to the area and still go to look around and visit. Just went to walk thru the cabin and camping area. You will see lots of wildlife. Great walking trails, trout fishing, and beautiful views. You can find camping areas for tents or trailers or RVs, etc., cabins (rustic) or modern cabins. Lots of attractions near b for day trips also.

3. Norris Lake

433 Deerwood Ln, La Follette, TN 37766-6733
Excellent
78%
Good
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4.5 based on 48 reviews

Norris Lake

Reviewed By mbartley1976

This place is amazing! The water is so clear you can see your feet while you're swimming or your bait while you fish. It offers MANY coves to get out of the main traffic and just chill on a float. Even when there were several boats there was plenty of room to maneuver. It has a jumping bridge as well. My husband and girls spent the week telling me "This is SO much better than Disney!" I guess we will see you again soon Norris!

4. Norris Paddling Adventures

Marina Driveway, Norris Dam Marina, Norris, TN 37828
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5 based on 31 reviews

Norris Paddling Adventures

We provide self-guided rentals and discovery class in top of the line watercraft; single, fishing & tandem kayaks, hydrobikes (water bikes), canoes and Stand-Up Paddle Boards, for a 1-2 hour paddle, a 4 hr. 'half day' tour for time to picnic, swim and explore or a full day lake adventure. We welcome individuals of all ages and skill levels, including young children and pets. Our experienced staff can also provide guided excursions.

Reviewed By RimRocksCabins - Karbers Ridge Illinois

My daughter and I wanted to learn the basics of kayaking and Norris Paddling was perfect in every way. Paul is not only a great instructor but enjoyable to be around in general. Equipment was excellent, location could not be any better (Norris Lake). Was just the BEST experience. Taking my husband in a few days to see if he enjoys as much as we did. Great way to begin your kayaking adventures.

5. Anderson County Park

2191 Park Ln, Andersonville, TN 37705-3507 +1 865-494-9352
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4 based on 1 reviews

Anderson County Park

Anderson County Park is a beautifully maintained park on the shores of Norris Lake. The park offers camping with full RV hook-ups, both a private boat launch for campers and a public launch with parking, a playground area, a designated swimming area, covered pavilions, hiking and biking trails and more!

Reviewed By Michael R - Norris, Tennessee

A hidden gem for swimming, boating or camping. Facilities make it nice, but a bit out of the way which I find nice. Be sure to visit the community of Norris and Norris Dam while here.

6. Museum of Appalachia

2819 Andersonville Hwy, Clinton, TN 37716-6756 +1 865-494-7680
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 338 reviews

Museum of Appalachia

The Museum of Appalachia is a living history museum--a pioneer mountain farm-village that lends voice to the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind. Roam the 65-acre complex and experience a recreated Appalachian community complete with: -36 authentic log structures (including Mark Twain's Family Cabin) -Farm animals -Over 250,000 artifacts in 3 buildings, with vast collections of folk art, music memorabilia, baskets, quilts, Native American artifacts, and much more. The Museum hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, including Sheep Shearing Days, July 4th Anvil Shoot, "Days of the Pioneer" Antique Show, and A Candlelight Christmas.

Reviewed By Fortyfivefifty - Boston, Massachusetts

The mission to preserve and interpret the local cultural heritage is a commendable and worthwhile endeavor, but the resources and management seem to be lacking. The ticket price might suggest that a lot of activities and visitor services are included in the experience, but this did not seem to be the case at all. Most of the historic buildings were vacant, roped off for stabilization or infrastructure issues, or totally empty. There were very few costumed interpreters on the grounds, few animals, and many of the indoor exhibits were poorly organized and run-down. Because the Museum seems to think itself quite above what it's actually worth, I decided to write a more critical review, since I expect an experience commensurate with what I paid. Had the price been a bit more humble, I would have enjoyed the experience as just a nice little small-town museum instead of feeling royally ripped-off.

7. Oasis Watersports

610 Marina Ln, Sugar Hollow Marina, La Follette, TN 37766-6188 +1 423-494-0278
Excellent
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Good
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5 based on 23 reviews

Oasis Watersports

When Oasis Watersports began, we knew we had to be different. As a true concierge service, we bring the fun to you. You are on Norris Lake to enjoy vacation, so it is our main focus to provide you with the most convenient way to rent a boat. No more long drives and frustrations to get to the boat you want. With Oasis, we meet you at your dock, check you in, and our expert staff will assist you.

Reviewed By picturethis67 - High Point, North Carolina

First reserved at Stardust. They were awful, rude and nasty and came across as a racist bunch. The equipment was in disrepair and they knew it. Then called Oasis, they were very professional and sincere. The rental was pain free and everyone was treated fairly. Don't waste time with the other one, just call Oasis and your time will be well spent on the lake enjoying one of their quality rentals with exceptional service.

8. The Miner's Circle - Mine Explosion Graves

1030 New Clear Branch Rd, Leach Cemetery, Rocky Top, TN 37769-5624
Excellent
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5 based on 4 reviews

The Miner's Circle - Mine Explosion Graves

Reviewed By pathfinderwavohio - s.ohio

Site of the fifth worse mining accident in the United States. Located behind the Clear Branch Baptist Church. Marked by a large monument surrounded by circles of the tomb stones of 184 of the 214 miners who lost their lives on May 19, 1902.
The explosion kill every adult male in the town but three. It was very sad but interesting, worth a quick stop to see.

9. Appalachia Outdoor Center

2045 Norris Freeway, Norris, TN 37828 +1 865-498-3155
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5 based on 1 reviews

Appalachia Outdoor Center

An outdoor center offering FUN Watercraft and Bike Rentals on Norris Lake, Clinch River & Norris Watershed. Also have food, drinks, firewood and much more.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Could spend the day in the river fishing and end with a nice cold brew and some tasty food! Perfect combination for a fun day!

10. Tiki Club

156 Launch Ln, La Follette, TN 37766-6549 +1 423-562-6050
Excellent
51%
Good
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Satisfactory
28%
Poor
7%
Terrible
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4 based on 14 reviews

Tiki Club

Reviewed By Terry S - Columbus, United States

Obviously a popular lake hangout, so get there early. Kitchen closes at 9pm. DJ plays music for all ages. Young kids were having fun. Small under cover area...most seating at metal tables with umbrellas. Can't review food...kitchen closed by the time we got a table....bar stayed open though.

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