Every dock sells some kind of fishing equipment, ranging from a selection of lures to complete outfits. Fishing is a major part of the activity on all TVA lakes. The dock on Norris most heavily patronized by anglers is ROGERS DOCK at La-Follette, 32 miles from the dam. Any visiting fisherman who spends an hour at the snack bar stands a good chance of finding out from the dock hands where they're hitting best, and someone may even take him out and show him. This is one of the most rewarding aspects of the Tennessee Valley. The people always seem glad to greet and help a stranger.
Don't miss a side trip to the AMERICAN MUSEUM OF ATOMIC ENERGY at Oak Ridge, 18 miles south of the dam. The museum's two-hour guided tour (admission 50¢) includes a 45-minute motion picture on atomic energy, demonstrations on the uses of radioisotopes in medicine, farming and industry, and a "dime irradiator," for the kids. A dime inserted into the machine is irradiated, encased in a plastic and aluminum container and returned as a souvenir.
Principally a black bass and crappie lake, Cherokee is 59 miles from Norris Dam over a good highway, suitable for boat trailering. Its 463 miles of wooded shore line wind in and out of root-studded coves perfect for bass fishing.
Cherokee Lake has 13 boat docks, the majority of them geared to fishermen. It's always a good idea to buy lures locally, since docks stock those most successful in the area. CHEROKEE LODGE on the north side of the Lake at Bean Station, has archery, badminton, shuffleboard, horseshoes, good swimming and rental horses and ponies to keep children busy while parents fish. Daily rates are $5 a couple; children under 10, free. You may want to take the children to Morristown, five miles away, to see the CROCKETT TAVERN, boyhood home of Davy Crockett.
Galloway's village near Rutledge, 10 miles from Jefferson City, has 75 boats for rent at $2 a day. Night fishing is a big sport here from a lighted floating dock which seats 90 fishermen. Rates at Galloway's motel run from $25 to $40 a week.
The county is dry, as are most counties in the Tennessee Valley, but organizations such as the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose, Rotary and American Legion generally have bars and serve better steaks than the local restaurants. Vacationers who get thirsty while touring should remember to carry along membership cards.
FORT PATRICK HENRY AND BOONE LAKES
The Old Warriors' Path, now Highway 11W, links Cherokee with Fort Patrick Henry and Boone lakes, 76 miles away in the hilly, heavily wooded region of Tennessee called Boone Country. Overlooking Fort Patrick Henry Lake (see map) is 1,000-acre WARRIORS' PATH STATE PARK, one of the most beautiful parks in eastern Tennessee. As a special treat for children, camp overnight at one of the park's public campsites. The park also has several fine picnic areas, a snack bar, boats and horses for rent and many miles of riding and hiking trails along the lake.
If you are not the tenting type, Kingsport is only a 10-minute drive away and has a number of good motels and hotels. It also has a skating rink to distract the young and stock-car racing on Saturday nights.