Hiking, Biking and Horseback Riding

Take a hike! Recreation on TVA’s lands is pure fun, whether you’re on foot, wheels or hooves.

There’s no reason not to get going today on TVA’s 150 acres of trails available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Choose from among 31 hiking trails on TVA lands. Check them out on our TVA Trails page which also indicates where biking and horseback riding are acceptable, and shares the latest information on trail closures. Or see them all on an interactive map that shows exact locations and provides driving directions.

A Guide to a Few of the Dazzling Sights

  • Want to see the beauty of a rainbow on a waterfall? Hike the 12-mile Fiery Gizzard Trail that begins at Grundy Forest State Natural Area and ends at TVA’s Foster Falls Small Wildlife Area on the Cumberland Plateau.
  • Want an easy wildflower hike? Try the 1.3-mile loop at Chickamauga’s Big Ridge Small Wild Area and keep an eye out for bloodroot, larkspur, trillium and mayapple.
  • Want to watch the wildlife while you hike? Try the Osceola Island Loop at South Holston Reservoir, where you’ll see waterfowl, deer and plenty of other fauna.


The biking is hot (and permissible!) on trails at Chatuge, Guntersville, Norris, Pickwick, Raccoon Mountain and Watts Bar Reservoirs. As with the hiking trails, you can view them on the TVA Trails page, which will share the latest information about trail closures, or see them on an interactive map.

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is available at these reservoirs: Norris, Fontana, Guntersville, Kentucky, Tellico, Cherokee, South Holston, Wilbur, Wautaga, Boone, Fort Patrick Henry, Bear Creek and Clear Creek. For more information, contact the Watershed Team at (800) 882-5263.

Stay Safe Out There

  • Always travel with a companion in case of emergency—if you’re going to a remote area, four people is even better. That way if a person is injured, one can stay with her while two go for help.
  • Wear clothing appropriate to the season.
  • Check any equipment you’re taking and make sure it’s in good working order; be sure to pack emergency signaling devices.
  • Learn basic first aid—how to identify and treat symptoms of heat exhaustion, heat stroke and hypothermia.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit with you on every outing.


Recreation season is here, which means it’s the prime time for fun on the Tennessee Valley’s lands and waters! Not sure where to start? We have you covered! Check out some of the best recreational activities on our reservoirs. While you’re enjoying the lakes, trails, picnic areas and campgrounds, share your adventures using #TVAfun on social media.