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Marine Railway Loop

Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

This trail skirts Lake Norris with two epic hills and steep downhill sections.


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3.1

Miles

4.9

KM

Doubletrack

1,380' 421 m

High

1,054' 321 m

Low

405' 123 m

Up

567' 173 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

35%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly This is family friendly due to the lake amenities, possible fishing, hiking, and swimming.

Description

Traveling east on Highway 411, there is a parking pull-off large enough for about 3 cars about a quarter mile after the Norris Dam State Park entrance. The pull-off has a Marine Railway Loop sign and a metal gate. No bathrooms exist at the pull-off.

Be prepared to not pedal for the first three-quarters of a mile down the wide, rutty trail. Once you reach the bottom, the trail skirts the lake with some gentle ups and down. There is a peninsula that you can ride out onto for a dip in the lake during summer months.

At the point furthest from the trailhead, be prepared for a wicked climb (no shame in walking your bike!) At the top, there are cabins owned by Norris Dam State Park and a road that leads to the State Park amenities.

When returning, you can either choose to go up the second seriously steep climb (again, no shame in walking) that makes a beeline back to the trailhead or you can follow the tracks that you took on your way in. The climb follows the power-lines to the trailhead.

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Shared By:

Nolan Wildfire

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Climbing the trail to the cabins.
Jan 25, 2016 near Pine Crest, TN
The peninsula juts out on the right hand side. You can spy the lake through the foliage.
Jan 25, 2016 near Norris, TN
Top of powerline climb. It is steeper than it looks.
Jan 25, 2016 near Rocky Top, TN
Peninsula makes for a great spot to jump in the water. You may find a boat too.
Jan 25, 2016 near Norris, TN
Wide rutty trail descending to the lake.
Jan 25, 2016 near Norris, TN

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Jul 31, 2021
Mason Jobe
Fast , steep climbs back up.
Mar 28, 2018
Bobby Trotter
Trails were in great shape 3.1mi