TVA To Hold 28th Annual Wildflower Walks at Norris Dam
March 14, 2011
NORRIS, Tenn. — Nature will be on display during the Tennessee Valley Authority's annual spring wildflower walks at Norris Dam on Saturday, March 26, and Saturday, April 2.
The guided walks are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. EDT at the River Bluff Small Wild Area along the Clinch River west of Norris Dam. The walks are free and require no reservation. The annual wildflower walks are hosted by TVA in conjunction with Ijams Nature Center, Norris Dam State Park and the Friends of Norris Dam State Park.
The trail is a moderately difficult, 3.4-mile loop and is known for a spectacular array of spring wildflowers, especially Yellow Trout Lilies, Celandine Poppies, Bloodroot, Spring Beauties and Toothwort.
The hikes will be held rain or shine, and participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. For additional information, contact TVA's Environmental Information Center at 800-882-5263.
To reach the TVA River Bluff Small Wild Area, take U.S. Highway 441 and turn onto Dabney Road, which is approximately 1 mile north of Norris Dam, and follow the signs to the parking area.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce about 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA's service territory are below the national average.
Travis Brickey, Knoxville, (865) 632-6263
Media Relations, Knoxville (865) 632-6000