Local Area Attractions
American Museum of Science and Energy
Where Science and History Come Alive!!
Explore the amazing world of science and technology and the unique history of Oak Ridge, the "Secret City" of World War II's Manhattan Project, through exciting live demonstrations, hands-on activities, films and exhibits.The Department of Energy (DOE) Facilities Public Bus Tour also departs from the museum during the months of June-September. The tour explores original Manhattan Project sites around Oak Ridge and shows the history behind the world's first atomic weapon which helped to end WWII.
Norris Dam State Park
The park's 4,000 acres of virgin forest and scenic nature trails surround Norris Dam and overlooks Norris Lake. It has a full service marina, a recreation area with a swimming pool, game room, tennis courts and volleyball court. Norris Dam State Park is also home to the Lenoir Historical Complex. This includes the Lenoir Museum, an 18th century grist mill and a threshing barn that depicts the life before the TVA built Norris Dam through pictorial history display, artifacts and historical documents. Be sure to take part in the park's annual events - Wildflower Hike's in late March-early April and the Holiday Homecoming during the second weekend in December.
Little Ponderosa Zoo
This "hands on zoo" is the perfect place for animal lovers of all ages to see your typical farm yard animal and exotic animals. Enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo and the barnyard nursery. There is a pavilion near the pond for picnic lunches. http://www.littleponderosazoo.com
Recreation awaits you on Norris Lake, where the mountains meet the water. With 800 miles of shoreline, there always seems to be a secluded cove waiting for you. Norris Lake is also home to the Norris Dam, the first dam built by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1936 for flood control, to bring efficient electrical power to East Tennessee and for recreation. Norris Dam is 265 feet high and stretches 1860 feet across the Clinch River. Be sure to check out these annual events on Norris Lake - Fire on the Water, the largest fireworks show on Norris Lake, takes place at Sequoyah Marina on the last Saturday in June and Fall Color Boat Cruises take place during the last two weeks of October. Whether you are fishing, boating, or simply enjoying the picturesque shoreline, you are sure to be satisfied with Norris lake. http://www.lakenorris.org
Many experienced anglers who have fished the premier trout water of the US consider the Clinch River tailwater to be one of the finest trout fisheries in the country. Flowing from Dam 13 miles to Clinton, there are many access points for fishing and boating activities. Guide services and maps available. http://www.fishtheclinch.com
72,000 acres and 250 miles of trails for off-road vehicles, dirt and mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking. Windrock Park is the perfect place to see the 262 foot windmill farm. Maps, guides and ATV rentals are available. Be sure to check out the Spring Jamboree at Windrock Park happening the third weekend in April and the Fall Jamboree happening the third weekend in October. http://www.windrockpark.com
318 Savage Garden Road Lake City 865-426-6495
Visit this 30 acre garden of many rare wildflowers and towering limestone rock formations to explore. Open March, April and May.
Museum of Appalachia
The Museum of Appalachia tells the story of a region which was settled by proud, hardworking people through the relics they made and used to survive. Considered "the most authentic and complete replica of pioneer Appalachian life in the world", the museum contains over 250,000 pioneer relics including 30 log structures. Be sure to check out the museums annual events - July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot and Christmas in Old Appalachia during the month of December. Gift shop and country cafe on site. Admission is charged. http://www.museumofappalachia.org
River Ridge Farms
Experience fishing on the Clinch River, picnics, kite flying, fall color and spring wildflower tours, guided horseback trail riding, and draft horse pulled wagon rides.
Golfing in the Area
Tennessee Centennial Golf Course, located in Oak Ridge 865-483-2291
Carl Yearwood Disc Golf Course, located in Oak Ridge 865-425-3450
Secret Ciy Mini Golf, located in Oak Ridge 865-272-3440
Coal Creek Mining Motor Discovery Trail
" Oh God for one more breath, remember me as long as you love," were the last words written on the side of a collapsed mine by Jacob Vowell before he and 250 men and boys died in the Fraterville Mine Disaster. Learn their story and the stories of the Coal Creek War and the Cross Mountain Mine Disaster along this self-guided motor discovery trail. For more information, call 1-800-524-3602.
Appalachian Arts and Craft Center
The center was founded in 1970 to enrich the souls and pocketbooks of low-income people in Anderson County, by teaching, producing, and selling hand crafts. Today the center is an educational facility and shop where local artisans and visitors can gather to share creative ideas and talents in order to keep traditional crafts alive. http://www.appalachianarts.net
New Hope Visitors Center
602 Scarboro Road, Oak Ridge, 865-574-3280
Located at Y-12, one of the original Manhattan Project facilities, this center houses historic displays and videos about
Secret City Scenic Excursion Train
Hwy 58, East TN Technology Park Oak Ridge, 865-241-2140
K-25 Interpretive Center
Hwy 58, Oak Ridge, 865-574-9683
View the historic former Manhattan Project facility in this overlook that features pictures, historic displays and a video.
Secret City Commemorative Walk
1403 Oak Ridge Turnpike, at A.K. Bissell Park, Oak Ridge, 865-482-7821
A memorial dedicated to everyone who came at their nation's call, to a city that was not on any map, to help end the greatest war this world has ever seen.Don't miss the annual Secret City Festival in June (865-425-3610)
Historic Downtown Clinton
Market and Main Street, Clinton, 800-524-3602
Stroll through our historic district with antique, collectible and unique shops housed in restored 19th century buildings where you will find American, European, and Primitive period furnishings, china, lamps, clocks, interior decor, clothing, jewelry and much more. You can also have breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the cafes or eateries.
Don't miss the Clinch River Spring Antique Fair in Historic Downtown Clinton the first Saturday in May
and the Clinch River Fall Antique Festival the second Saturday in October
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
There is no denying the reason that millions of visitors come to this treasured setting each year is to witness and experience the splendor of the 800 square mile Great Smoky Mountains National Park - the most visited park in the nation. Its beauty surrounds Gatlinburg on three sides. The national park encompasses a full range of elevation changes accessible by more than 800 miles of trails appealing to every outdoor enthusiast.
While at the park, be sure to visit Cade's Cove. Cades Cove is a broad, verdant valley surrounded by mountains and is one of the most popular destinations in the Great Smokies. It offers some of the best opportunities for wildlife viewing in the park. Large numbers of white-tailed deer are frequently seen, and sightings of black bear, coyote, ground hog, turkey, raccoon, skunk, and other animals are also possible.
Green McAdoo Cultural Center
101 School Street, Clinton, 865-457-6500
On August 27, 1956, twelve African American high school students walked into history and changed the south. They were the first to attend a desegregated state-supported high school in the south. Learn how they not only changed a community but a nation at the Green McAdoo Cultural Center. http://www.greenmcadoo.org
121 North Main Street, Clinton, 865-463-0440
Opened in 1945, the Ritz was one of the most modern theaters in the South. Today, they feature first-run movies, concerts, gospel singings, receptions and miscellaneous meeting. National Register of Historical Places Site.
775 West Main Street, Oak Ridge, 865-220-9929
Enjoy a night out at the movies and watch the latest blockbuster at Oak Ridge's premier 14 screen, stadium seating theater.