1015 Big Ridge Park Road
Maynardville, Tennessee 37807
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.
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.
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 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.
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