It is the perfect time to get outdoors and hit the trails in Anderson County. Whether you’re hiking or biking, Anderson County has over 400 miles of trails to get your adrenaline pumpin’. We think the best reward for a day in the great outdoors is a post-adventure pint, so here’s a guide to the best trails and ales in Anderson County.
Norris Dam State Park Trails to Clinch River Brewing – Norris Dam State Park offers more than 15 trails for all fitness levels. You’ll find trails ranging from a half mile in length to 5 miles. Some traverse ridge tops, valleys, hollows and even follow along the lakeshore offering beautiful views of Norris Lake. After a day of hitting the park’s trails, rehydrate with a pint at Clinch River Brewing. One of our favorites is the Almost 29 lb Brown Ale, named after the state record brown trout caught in the Clinch River, which is just across the street from the brewery. If you prefer something different, there are over 10 other brews on tap to choose from. There is plenty of indoor and outdoor seating to stretch your legs and they also offer a delicious menu for that post workout meal.Haw Ridge Park to Crafter’s Brew – Haw Ridge Park is situated on a scenic peninsula along the Clinch River in Oak Ridge. With more than 30 miles of single track and dirt trails to explore, the park is known for its mountain biking trails, which are also perfect for hikers and trail runners. When you get back into town after a day of riding or hiking, we’re sure you’ll be parched. Head to Crafter’s Brew and enjoy over 24 craft beers on tap while you relax on their spacious patio. Be prepared to have some fun! Not only do they have great food and drinks, they also have trivia nights, live music, and more.
Melton Lake Greenway to Calhoun’s – If you’re looking for a less rugged trail, check out Melton Lake Greenway. With over 5 miles of paved trails that run along the waterfront, the greenway offers a beautiful view while you get your sweat on. After you’ve burned some calories, head over to Calhoun’s for a cold brew and a bite to eat. Our recommendation – An avocado jack burger with a Cherokee Red Ale by Smoky Mountain Brewery, which is just one of many great beers that Calhoun’s has on tap.
Norris Watershed to Archers Food Center– Norris Watershed has about 30 miles of multi-use trails many of which offer spectacular views of Norris Lake and its surrounding hills and valleys. The watershed is a favorite among local hikers and bikers and a great place if you’re both a beginner or prefer something a little more challenging. To download the watershed trail map, click here. And if you prefer to enjoy your beer at home, we highly recommend a pit stop at Archers Food Center, conveniently located in the city of Norris for a post-trail stop. Archers has a huge selection of beer, ciders, wine and even offers several great choices on tap for a growler to go. Be sure to stop by the meat counter and have the butcher cut you a delicious steak to throw on the grill when you get home! Ok, now we’re hungry! Are you?