It’s about that time to pack up the family for a Spring Break getaway and Anderson County, Tennessee is just the place to visit. Let us help you plan an easy and fun spring break in Anderson County that won’t break the bank. Whether you're seeking adventure, a quiet getaway or simply a fun and educational trip, Anderson County is the destination for you.
Hit the water for some paddling or fishing! Anderson County is home to the ultimate waterway which is made up of Norris Lake, the Clinch River and Melton Hill Lake. Spring is a fantastic time to visit all three. With miles of calm, flat water you can enjoy paddle boarding, exploring the waterways by kayak or canoe, hydro biking and more. Adventures Outdoors offers lessons and a variety of rental equipment to get you comfortable and out on the water. You can even fish from a kayak!
If you prefer fishing, Norris and Melton Hill Lake are both home to a large variety of fish, so you won’t have any trouble finding the catch of a lifetime. In addition to fishing the lakes, the Clinch River is a world class fishery that yields some of the biggest rainbow and brown trout in the state. It currently holds the state record brown trout. Here’s a spring break challenge for you – come and fish the Clinch and see if you can catch the new state record! Find out all you need to know about fishing in Anderson County here.
Hit the Trails! Anderson County is home to some of the best hiking and mountain biking in the southeast. Whether you want to go for a leisurely hike or downhill mountain bike we’ve got the right kind of trail for you. Anderson County offers more than 400 miles of trails that run along river banks, climb into majestic mountains, and provide scenic spots for you to rest.
Norris Dam State Park and the adjacent Norris Watershed is one popular area for hiking and biking. This spot is situated on both sides of Norris Dam and offers breathtaking views of Norris Lake. With over 50 miles of trails ranging in all levels of difficulty, it’s easy to find the perfect trails to explore.
Haw Ridge Park is also a favorite area for outdoor enthusiasts. The park is situated on a scenic peninsula along the Clinch River and offers more than 30 miles of single-track and dirt trails to explore by biking, hiking or trail running. You will definitely want to check out the Dirt Lab located at the park. It’s a mountain bike skills park and pump track that will entertain the adults and kids. Geocachers will also discover plenty of bounty scattered throughout Haw Ridge.
Windrock Park is another great spring break destination in Anderson County. Windrock is the largest privately owned off-road park in the country and has over 350 miles of trails to explore. You can bring your own off-road machine or rent a side by side at Windrock. Everyone from beginners to experts can have fun at Windrock Park. They also offer a great campground and a variety of cabins too accommodate groups of all sizes. Windrock even has yurts that you can stay in!
Can’t just pick one activity? No worries! The great thing about Anderson County is you are close enough to hit many different trail systems in one trip, so you can do it all! Be sure to check out some of our other favorite trails here.
More to Explore…Just because the kids are on a break from school, doesn’t mean they have to stop learning. While you’re in the area, we highly recommend a visit to the Museum of Appalachia and learn about the people of Southern Appalachia through the artifacts and stories they left behind.
The Green McAdoo Cultural Center tells the compelling story of twelve high school students, who in 1956, braved threats of violence to attend Clinton High School, making it the first desegregated public high school in the south.
Oak Ridge is home to museums sure to delight both children and adults. The Oak Ridge Children’s Museum is a wonderful museum built with kids in mind and the Oak Ridge History Museum showcases the people’s history of Oak Ridge.
These are just a few of the ways that you can spend your Spring Break here in Anderson County. To find other great things to do in the area and information on lodging, visit our website at www.adventureanderson.com.