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The Cabin on Cedar Ridge, located near Norris, TN, is a primitive 1860 era log cabin updated to provide all the amenities of modern age living. The Cabin is ideal for couples or families looking for a unique property close to a variety of area attractions and activities to enjoy year round. Perfect for a weekend getaway to relax and enjoy the wood-burning fireplace.
Three Tennessee State Parks are within 15 minutes of The Cabin: Big Ridge, Cove Lake and Norris Dam are all favorites of ours for their beauty and variety of recreational activities offered by each. The Clinch River is well known by outdoorsmen for its ease of access and beauty. We are only 5 minutes away from the river - fishing, canoeing, and horseback riding are enjoyed by outdoor enthusiasts.
Norris Dam and Norris Lake are only a short distance away - you can be at Norris Dam in less than 10 minutes. Other areas of the lake are also easily accessible. Boating, fishing and camping are popular on Norris Lake - frequently noted as the cleanest Lake in the TVA Reservoir system. The area surrounding Norris Lake is primarily owned by TVA, the State of Tennessee and the City of Norris. There are numerous hiking and horseback riding trails. These trails afford the opportunity to hike or ride literally all day and still not cover them all.
The Cabin on Cedar Ridge is located in East Tennessee, conveniently located close to Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. We are 15 minutes North of Knoxville on Interstate 75 at the Clinton/Norris Exit (Exit 122). Located in Anderson County, the Cabin is adjacent to the Museum of Appalachia, within one mile of the historic city of Norris, and close to beautiful Norris Lake.
You may contact us by calling (865) 494–3248 or by E-mail: OnCedarRidge@cs.com
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Robert & Robin Sain for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our proximity to Norris Lake and the Clinch River along with the various outdoor activities each offers. Also, many guests stay with us for the opportunity to stay in an authentic 1860s era log cabin.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our Cabins are authentic hand hewn log cabins that are estimated to be between 160 to 180 years old. While each has been updated to include modern conveniences, they still retain many features from their early days.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
The variety of outdoor recreational activities - Norris Lake, the Clinch River, proximity to 3 State Parks, and within an hours drive to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
Guests frequently comment on the cleanliness and comfort of our cabins.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Norris Lake and the surrounding area. The City of Norris and the Norris Dam State Park offer many trails for evening walks or day hikes.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Visiting the Museum of Appalachia, water sports and recreation on Norris Lake, fishing on the Clinch River, hiking in Norris Dam State Park or the Big South Fork National Park, visiting the Great Smokey Mountain National Park, or just enjoying the solitude of the Cabins.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
We are adjacent to the Museum of Appalachia. While walking is possible, it is more convenient to go by car.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Rickard Ridge Barbecue at Cove Lake State Park is about 15 minutes away from us. Located at the base of the Cumberland mountains with a gorgeous view of the park grounds, this is one of our favorites. rickardridgebbq.com/ordereze/default.aspx
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
The Foust Cabin has a living room with an open loft - one king bed. The Harned has an open living area downstairs with two bedrooms upstairs.
Do you accept pets?
To ensure our guests have a pet free environment, pets are not allowed.
Local Attractions and Activities
Horseback Riding on area trails
Many of the nearby trails allow you to ride along the shores of Norris Lake through the watershed area - a great way to see the lake and the beautiful woods surrounding our area. The Big South Fork National Park and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park are each about an hour or so away and both have many choices for the trail riding enthusiast.
Hiking on area trails and in State & National Parks
There are numerous hiking trails within 10 - 30 minutes away from the Cabin. These include trails within the nearby City of Norris, trails at any of the 3 State Parks within 15 miles of the Cabin, and others provided by TVA. For those wishing to experience the many trails of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park or the Big South Fork National Park, an hours' drive and a picnic lunch can bring a full day's enjoyment of some of the most beautiful mountain areas of the Southeastern United States.
Boating and watersports on Norris Lake
Norris Lake proudly boasts the cleanest water in the TVA Lake system. As local residents, we are keenly aware of this and feel fortunate to be so close to the Lake. Water-skiing, swimming, picnicking and camping on Norris Lake are featured activities for summertime fun. One of life's truly enjoyable experiences is to wake up early in the morning on the Lake - the quiet, the early morning dew, the stirring of the animals along the placid lake waters are simply breathtaking.
Local crafts at The Museum of Appalachia, Lenoir Museum, and Appalachian Arts Craft Shop and Center
The Museum of Appalcahia, Lenoir Museum, and the local craft guild contain many samples of crafts and goods produced by local artists and craft hobbyists. The Norris area is home to authors, sculptors, potters, poets, singers, and photographers who share their work with visitors to our area.
ATV -- Four Wheeling -- Dirt Bike Riding
We are close to some of the best areas in the southeast for riding ATV's and dirt bikes. The Royal Blue Wildlife Management area and the Coal Creek OHV area properties near Oliver Springs, TN are both within a 20 - 25 minute drive from our Cabin. Or Cabin is a wonderful place to relax after a hard day on the trails. We have pressure washers and tools available to clean your equipment & gear and to make repairs should they be required (check with innkeepers about availability).
East Tennessee History and Genealogy Research
Interested in researching the History of East Tennessee? Want to learn more about your Anderson, Knox, Campbell, Union or Roane County ancestors? Was your family displaced as a result of TVA coming into the Valley? Want to find old graveyards and places of interest in the area? The Cabin is an ideal location for to use as a base for conducting your research or visiting places of historical interest in the area. We are only 20 Minutes from the East Tennessee Historical Society located in downtown Knoxville.
Fishing on Norris Lake and the Clinch River
Flyfishing on the Clinch river draws flyfishing enthusiasts from around the southeast. Introductory or advanced lessons can be arranged during stay upon special request. Norris Lake is close by for the those wishing to enjoy quiet time at the lake. Melton Hill Lake, Watts Bar Lake, Douglas Lake, Dale Hollow and Cumberland Lake (KY) are all within 30 - 60 minutes from the Cabin if you wish to try other lakes.
Museum of Appalachia Norris, TN Adjacent 5 minutes
Norris Dam Norris, TN 5 miles 8 - 10 minutes
Oak Ridge, TN 20 miles 20 minues
University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 24 miles 24 minutes
Norris Dam State Park 7 miles 10 minutes
Cove Lake State Park 12 miles 15 minutes
Big Ridge State Park 12 miles 15 minutes
Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg 55 miles 60 minutes
Ripley's Aquarium Gatlinburg, TN 55 Miles 60 minutes
Dollywood Theme Park Pigeon Forge, TN 50 miles 60 minutes
Big South Fork National Park Oneida, TN 50 miles 60 minutes
Clinch River -- Trout Fishing 5 miles 8 minutes