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      The City of Norris watershed provides a collection of jeep roads and single track for offroad vehicles (no ATVs), bicyclists, equestrians, and hikers. The City does a super job grading and maintaining the dirt roads in this 2,300 acre wilderness. The trails/roads are over a hilly, karstic terrain (sinkholes and caves) through hardwood forests. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and many other volunteers have helped with trail development, maintenance, and signs.

      From the pumping station (890'), the High Point jeep road climbs 1.8 miles to High Point (1460'). Ridgecrest trail, Freeway, and Longmire offer steep (300'+) single track to the west of High Point. Red Hill and Raccoon Run are more moderate double track. The Lakeside loop trail descends 300' to the edge of Norris Lake (1020'). The trail passes above a large sink hole that is full of water when the lake is at full pool. Easier loops can be found in the vicinity of the rifle range (1100') on Upper Clear Creek Rd.

      Trails south of Clear Creek include East Trail, Reservoir Hill Trail (0.6), Reservoir Hill Loop (2.0), and it's about 0.9 miles to Observation Point from Reservoir Hill. Another 2.5 mile loop, south of Obersvation Point, includes Deer Ridge Rd and Eagle Trail. This loop passes through the small park next to the City building and can be accessed from mile post 8 on US 441.

      The watershed is closed for various periods each fall for hunting. For 2016, the watershed will be closed for hunting Sep 24 - Oct 2, Nov 19-27. Trails south of Clear Creek and the Park trails west of the dam remain open during the hunts. Some trails are designated for foot traffic only. Cliff trail and Grist Mill Trail are closed to cyclists. Trails are closed at dark -- no night riding.
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