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Maynardville - Big Ridge State Park

1015 Big Ridge Road

The heavily forested, 3,687-acre park is located in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley range, characterized by narrow ridges flanked by fertile stream valleys. Big Ridge State Park’s topography is dominated by three of these ridge systems giving the area its beautiful lake and scenery.

Big Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as an example of public recreation development along TVA lakeshores. The structures on the park reflect the craftsmanship and stonework of the CCC. Along the trails 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. Big Ridge State Park consists of more than 15 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to very rugged. Among these trails guests hike along dry ridges, lush hollows, old roadbeds, lakeshores and beside cemeteries and remnants of early settlements. 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.

The park’s recreational activities are not limited to hiking or camping. There is a sandy beach next to Big Ridge Lake which provides swimming enjoyment equipped with 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.


Zach Eichelberger

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Way to get too, it's fun but it's not for everyone I would recommend that you be in decent shape especially if you want to do the Indian Rock trail

Garrett Granroth

Monday, March 5, 2018
Nice hiking close to Knoxville. There are good views of Norris lake from Big Ridge in the winter. It is roughly a 3 mile hike to get to Big Ridge

Jay Jay

Saturday, Sep. 9, 2017
I have lived within a mile of this park all of my life. It is a beautiful place where you can be close to nature. The staff are friendly and there are many free activities to participate in. They have a cement pool connected to the lake for safe swimming. The campground is clean and serene. There are also paddle boat rentals and an outdoor exercise area. Wonderful place for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors.

Matthew Gamble

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017
This is real close to my house and is a great place to get in some pretty good hiking miles along Norris Lake and up the nearby ridges. Going up the Big Valley trail from the parking area is definitely a lung buster.

Jessica Mayo

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Very pretty place, definitely needs some updates though. Set up well for families.

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