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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.


Daniel Ownby

Sunday, June 24, 2018
The site itself is really nice. The amenities are good. There is lots for the kids to do. The only problems I have is the spots for campers are kinda small, I would rather have my picnic and firepit in front of me, the geese pop at the swimming area and no recycling bin. I would recommend it though.

Mary Ruth Mitchell

Saturday, May 19, 2018
Very Disappointed with the way my husband and I were treated by a staff member at Big Ridge State Park. We planned to kayak at the park, and called the day before to see what the fee would be. We were told that since the Dock would not be open until memorial day that we would need to pay our fee ($5 each) at the main office. Online the park shows it is open at 6am so we arrived at the park at 7:45am, but the office was closed. A lady was inside so my husband motioned her to the door. She was very unprofessional and stomped over to the door shaking her head. He asked if we could pay to go kayaking, and she said, " no not until 8, I wont open my register until 8". He asked if we could go ahead and go (pay later), and she said, "no I'll call the ranger on you". She then proceeded to lock the door back, roll her eyes, and walked away shaking her head again. I understand that the hours may be posted wrong online, but she made it seem like a major inconvenience that we wanted to visit the park and pay to kayak there. We could have easily went 2min down the road and kayaked in the main lake.I would not recommend going back to Big Ridge Park to kayak. We would have had a completely different experience if she had simply explained that she couldn't open until 8, and hadnt made it seem like we were an inconvenience to her morning.

Marc Sharp

Friday, June 1, 2018
Beautiful place. They have cabins and kayaks to rent. Grills, pavellens, a swimming area. Places to fish. Wooded areas. Horse shoe pits, a place to play baseball or softball. A kids area with swings, and other things for kids to play on.

Amy Gray

Thursday, June 7, 2018
Love Big Ridge! Great place for camping, family get togethers, swimming, boating(they have boat rentals!) And so much more. Cabins are clean and home like. Highly recommend!

Amy Eichelberger

Sunday, April 29, 2018
Really enjoyed our hike! We chose the most difficult trail and were not disappointed... It was challenging and fun! You feel very secluded at this park but you really aren't too far from i-75!

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