Big Ridge State Park

1015 Big Ridge Park Road
Maynardville, Tennessee 37807
(800) 471-5305

 

 

 

Big Ridge State Park is a heavily forested park located in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Range. Many of our guests at Norris Lake Cabin Rentals take time to visit the park, especially for great swimming, 
Blue Grass music and hikes into an older time of the TVA. The park has narrow ridges and fertile stream valleys that contribute to its beautiful lake and scenery.
You’ll also enjoy Big Ridge Lake and the Pavilions and Picnic Shelters. Along the trails in the park you may see remnants of the homes and farms that existed here prior to the birth of the TVA.
The park is home to a variety of activities for the whole family including relaxation and swimming on a sandy beach, birding, fishing and hiking. You’re likey to find some Blue Grass along the way too.
Sandy Beach
The sandy beach next along Big Ridge Lake provides swimming enjoyment and a concrete-bottomed area for children. The park also offers sand volleyball, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a basketball court and a softball field. Big Ridge State Park has a wheelchair accessible playground adjacent to the park office offering play experience for children of all ages and abilities.
Swimming
Big Ridge Lake has a nice sandy beach for swimming and sun bathing. The beach is open from 8am to 8pm daily during the summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Children can enjoy the enclosed area with a concrete bottom. Adult supervision is a must since no lifeguards are on duty, so swim at your own risk.
Hickory Star Marina
This marina is located next to Big Ridge State Park in Maynardville, TN and the marina is also also near our cabins Triple J and Ma Cook Lodge. The marina offers pontoon and fishing boat rentals and the restaurant has the best steak on Norris Lake.

Fishing
Fishing in the park is limited, but unlimited in the surrounding Norris Lake. The park is also close to Hickory Star Marina. And for good trout fishing, don ‘t forget the Clinch River, located near the park, a perfect river for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout. The state record Brown Trout (28lbs) came from the Clinch River in 1988. Bring your waders.
Hiking
Big Ridge State Park consists of more than 15 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to very rugged. Among these trails our guests can hike along dry ridges, lush hollows, old roadbeds, lakeshores and beside cemeteries and remnants of early settlements.
Hiking Trails at Big Ridge State Park
  • CHESTNUT RIDGE TRAIL — 0.80 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — MODERATE
  • OLD MILL TRAIL — 0.30 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — EASY
  • FISHERMAN’S TRAIL — 0.30 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — EASY
  • LOYSTON OVERLOOK TRAIL — 0.30 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — DIFFICULT
  • MEDITATION POINT TRAIL — 0.20 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — MODERATE
  • LAKE TRAIL — 1.50 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — EASY TO MODERATE
  • GHOST HOUSE TRAIL — 1.20 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — EASY TO MODERATE
  • BIG VALLEY TRAIL — 1.70 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — VERY DIFFICULT
  • DARK HOLLOW EAST — 1.30 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — MODERATE
  • DARK HOLLOW WEST — 1.70 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — MODERATE
  • INDIAN ROCK TRAIL — 2.60 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — VERY DIFFICULT – EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY
  • SHARP’S STATION TRAIL — 0.20 MILES — NATURAL SURFACE — DIFFICULT
Camping
The park has 50 campsites on or near Norris Lake to accommodate RV’s, trailers and tent campers. Each site offers amenities such as water, 50-amp electrical hookups and a picnic table with a grill. There is group camp which accommodates up to 120 people with 18 screened-in bunkhouses. Backcountry camping is also available at no charge, but requires a permit.

Birding
Norris Lake is a perfect location for seeing Bald Eagles, Herons, Kingfishers, Waterfowl and Loons. The hiking trails in the area are good places to see migratory birds in the spring and fall.

Pavilions and Picnic Shelters
Big Ridge State Park has four picnic shelters/pavilions with a maximum capacity of 25 people per shelter. The shelters are equipped with picnic tables and a grill and one shelter has access to restrooms. Full day shelter reservations may be made online or by calling the park. If you are interested in reserving a shelter for less than a full day, please contact the park office for availability information. Picnic shelters or pavilions may be reserved online up to one year in advance with a paid reservation fee.