Events

Events

Christmas in Old Appalachia add to itinerary

The simple joys of an old-fashioned Christmas await Museum of Appalachia visitors during the month of December.  Music of the season can be heard across the grounds. Cabins will be decorated in pioneer style, recalling times past when Christmas was a simple family holiday including cedar Christmas trees draped with paper chains, popcorn strings, sweet gum and sycamore balls. Christmas shoppers will find many hand-crafted items in the gift shop. Hot, country-style lunches are served daily from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the museum restaurant and homemade cakes, pies, cookies and other holiday treats are available all day.  For more information, contact the museum at 865-494-7680.

New Year Hike at Norris Dam State Park add to itinerary

Enjoy a midnight hike for New Year’s Eve at Norris Dam State Park. The hike will begin and end at the Tea Room. This will be a moderate 2 mile hike and will take place rain or shine. Afterward, warm up with a fire and refreshments in the Tea Room. Flashlights are needed and any reflective wear would be great. For more information, call 865-426-7461.

Norris Dam 12k Challenge add to itinerary

This race is part of the Tennessee State Parks Running Tour which is in its 38th year running. This is a 12k race in and around Norris Dam State Park. The 12k race starts and finishes at the Park Headquarters of Norris Dam State Park. This is a challenging course, a hill runner’s delight! Bring a Crock Pot of Chili for the famous and friendly chili cooking competition after the race to warm your bones. The more chili the merrier!

Neko's Birthday Ride at Windrock Bike Park add to itinerary

Take the challenge of completing 25 runs down the mountain to celebrate park owner and pro racer Neko Mulally’s 25th birthday.

Pro Gravity Tour Windrock Bike Race add to itinerary

The 2018 Pro Gravity Tour is Windrock Bike Park’s Premier Event. The tour will consist of 7 rounds with the season kicking off at Windrock Bike Park on March 7-11. This race will attract riders from around the world to compete in a unique, early season race.

Spring Wildflower Hike add to itinerary

Join Norris Dam State Park and TVA staff for guided hikes along the cool Clinch River, one of the most diverse pathways of wildflower concentrations in the region. Hikes will begin at 10am and 1pm at the River Bluff trailhead and 2pm at the Lower Creek trailhead, located at the Rice’s Gristmill. Registration is not required and there is no charge for the hikes. For more information, contact the park office 865-426-7461.

Maxxis Gravity Series at Windrock Bike Park add to itinerary

The Maxxis Gravity Series is the Mid-Atlantic region’s premier race series. Bringing them into the southeast will bring new faces to Windrock Bike Park. Spectators are welcome.

Spring Wildflower Hike add to itinerary

Join Norris Dam State Park and TVA staff for guided hikes along the cool Clinch River, one of the most diverse pathways of wildflower concentrations in the region. Hikes will begin at 10am and 1pm at the River Bluff trailhead and 2pm at the Lower Creek trailhead, located at the Rice’s Gristmill. Registration is not required and there is no charge for the hikes. For more information, contact the park office 865-426-7461.

Sheep Shearing Day add to itinerary

In pioneer Appalachia, farmers sheared their sheep each spring for wool to spin into yarn or fill quilts.  The Museum of Appalachia will renew this annual ritual on April 13th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., trimming the winter’s growth of heavy wool from its flock of sheep.  The wooly animals will be trimmed by Kentucky native John Cooper, who will explain the process to onlookers while using vintage hand-cranked shears operated by “student power.”  Spinning, weaving and quilting demonstrators will show how wool was used to make yarn and quilt batting in the days before ready-made clothing and superstores. For more information, call 865-494-7680.

Sheep Shearing Day add to itinerary

In pioneer Appalachia, farmers sheared their sheep each spring for wool to spin into yarn or fill quilts.  The Museum of Appalachia will renew this annual ritual on April 20th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., trimming the winter’s growth of heavy wool from its flock of sheep.  The wooly animals will be trimmed by Kentucky native John Cooper, who will explain the process to onlookers while using vintage hand-cranked shears operated by “student power.”  Spinning, weaving and quilting demonstrators will show how wool was used to make yarn and quilt batting in the days before ready-made clothing and superstores. For more information, call 865-494-7680.

IMBA Enduro Bike Race add to itinerary

The National Enduro is a new and exciting event for Windrock in 2018. The best riders from around the country will compete in this adventure style mountain bike race where riders will be tested with a full day on the bike. Enduro mixes the all-out speed with the challenge of being out all day. Spectators are welcome.

July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot add to itinerary

July 4th will be celebrated in an unusual, dramatic, and traditional fashion at the Museum of Appalachia with historic anvil shoots. In addition, there will be demonstrations of mountain arts and crafts. Bluegrass, old time and folk music will be played and sung on the porches of the cabins and in the old log church, hymn singing and church services will be conducted. The demonstrations and music can be found throughout the 65-acre farm/village complex. For more information, please contact the Museum of Appalachia at 865-494-7680.