Down 63 Liner Notes

Route 63 runs 102 miles from Sneedville, Tennessee to Huntsville, Tennessee. One of the more scenic drives down this highway is through Powell Valley in Claiborne County. From there you can exit off in several places to take advantage of the recreational waters of the Powell River and Norris Lake.

The Tennessee Valley Authority built Norris Dam for flood control and navigation of the Tennessee River and to provide hydroelectric power for the region. Construction started October 1, 1933; the dam began operating July 28, 1936. Six hundred boats were using the lake by 1937 and the number doubled the following year. Now, thousands enjoy Norris Lake to fish, swim, water ski, and as a home away from home.