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Big Ridge State Park
BIG RIDGE STATE PARK
BIG RIDGE STATE PARK
1015 Big Ridge Road
Maynardville, Tennessee   37807

Phone: 865-992-5523
Reservations: 800-471-5305
Big Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps as an example of public recreation development along TVA lakeshores. The heavily forested, 3,687-acre park lies on the southern shore of TVA's Norris Lake in Union County, Tennessee.
History of the Area
Big Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed in the 1930's by the Tennessee Valley Authority in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corp as an example of public recreation development along TVA's Norris Lake. Before the park was created, the area was heavily populated and used for agriculture.

Other notable features of the park include: the Norton Gristmill built in 1825, remnants of Sharp's Station Fort construction in the late 1700's, and Indian Rock where a plaque commemorates the death of Peter Graves, a settler of Sharp's Station. Graves was attacked by Indians at this spot. Also, the park has several notable structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corp.
Cabins
The park has 19 one-bedroom rustic cabins available from April 1 through October 31 capable of accommodating six persons. Bedrooms contain two double beds and a sofa sleeper in the living room. Cabins have hardwood floors and screened-in porches. There is no air-conditioning. Five cabins are located on the lakeside. Fourteen sit on the ridge. Cabins are fully equipped with linens stove, refrigerator kitchen hardware and grill. Fireplace is available and firewood is provided seasonally. There are no televisions or phones. Please call for our pet policy. Reservations may be made up to two years in advance and should be made through the park office.
Camping
Big Ridge has 50 campsites on or near Norris Lake to accommodate RV's, trailers, and tent campers. RV campsites have a soft gravel pad will accommodate a unit up to 35 feet. Each site has water and 30-amp electrical hookups, picnic table and grill. A dumping station is provided, as well as two bathhouses with restrooms and hot shower facilities. Bathhouses are closed during the off season from November 1 to March 31.
Swimming
A sandy beach next to Big Ridge Lake provides swimming enjoyment from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8:00a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. An enclosed, concrete-bottomed area is provided for children. Swimming is free of charge. There is no lifeguard on duty, swimming is at your own risk.

Boats and RVs
Griffin Island Campground - Sevierville, TNBoat Rentals
Looking for something different Griffin Island is a family owned and family friendly 32 acre property that includes rental campers, full hook-up sites, and tent sites for rent on Douglas Lake. Griffin Island is your getaway from the mainstream but close enough to all the attraction of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.brPhone 866-461-4561
35.8 miles from park*


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Picnicking
Big Ridge has three covered picnic shelters, each capable of accommodating 25 - 30 people. The shelters may be reserved for a fee. Please call the park office for reservations. If not rented, shelters may be used free of charge, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each shelter is equipped with a grill and picnic tables. Waters spigots are located conveniently nearby. Open picnic areas with tables and grills are also available free to charge. The Recreation Hall also provides a picnic area and accommodates 70 people and is available to rent. Each shelter is equipped with a grill and picnic tables. Water spigots are located conveniently nearby.

Trails
Over 15 miles of hiking trails ranging from easy to very rugged. Trails travel along dry ridges, lush hollows, old roadbeds, lakeshores, and beside cemeteries and remnants of early settlements. Hiking is the only activity allowed on trails and restricted to horses and bicycles. Trails are open year round and overnight camping is allowed on designated backcountry campsites by permit only.
Nature Programs
Seasonal Interpretive Rangers provide free weekly activities for the entire family during the summer months including guided hikes, movies, campfires, arts and crafts, nature programs, and organized sports activities.

Wildlife Presentation Salamander Hunt Creek Critters Backcountry Basics Campfire Owl Prowl Bat Watch Trees Nature Crafts Nature Games Native Plants for landscaping Wildflower Walks Tracks and Signs Guided Hikes
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 11 Love this place!
We love to camp here and always have a great time. Bath houses need a good cleaning but the campsites are great!
August 30 Best park ever by teasuaj
I loved camping here. The handicap site was amazing. I was near the bathhouse and within walking distrance with no steps. The bathroom was clean and had good water pressure and hot water. They have plenty of activities available. The swimming area and boating was outstanding. The staff was so kind. I only wish they had pictures so everyone can see the handicap playground and the cabins.
July 29 a very nice place to camp for the elderl by J&C
i went last year in the fall got a beautiful campsite cheap and will go back this year with our new motor home.
January 10 I LOVE BIG RIDGE!!!!!! by love2swim
this is a perfect camp ground 4 all ages!!u can enjoy almost any sport u like at the playground area or relax at the lake pool.im 11 and first came here when i was a baby and its my fave place to go for a vacation!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!
August 16 Great Park
We live just a few miles from the park and vistit it weekly, we love the hiking trails and the kids enjoy the playground. The campground is very peaceful and the fishing on Norris lake is great. We recommend BigRidge park to anyone looking for a quite place to relax with several things for the family to do.
July 30 IT,S GREAT by GG
June 2 frequent flyer by Melissa
I love the peaceful serenity! This park has everything to offer from a basketball court to sitting on the cool screened in porched of your cabin. The rangers are friendly and hospitable. The park offers seasonal activities as well which my family and I enjoy, such as the spooky hiking trail during halloween. The yearly Easter Egg hunt and so much more. Needless to say we will be back many times over!
April 20 CLEAN by CAPN SAM
VERRY NICE


Area Campgrounds

Fox Inn Campground
2423 Andersonville Highway
Clinton, TN


Area Fishing Related Businesses
C R Outfitters
2822 Andersonville Hwy
Clinton, TN
(865) 494-2305


Cumberland Mountain Sporting Goods
3328 Andersonville Hwy
Andersonville, TN
(865) 494-7767


Smitty's Fishen Hole
866 Ridge Circle Rd
Andersonville, TN
(865) 494-8336


Area Cabins and Lodges
Stardust Marina
149 Stardust Ln
Andersonville, TN
(865) 494-7641


Harbour Club at Stardust II
149 Stardust Ln
Andersonville, TN
(865) 494-0555


Norris Lake Retreat Ctr
1105 Big Creek Rd
La Follette, TN
(423) 566-5007


Greens at Deerfield The
488 S Chapman Rd
La Follette, TN
(423) 566-0040


Norris Lake Retreat Center
1105 Big Creek Rd
La Follette, TN
(423) 566-5007


Deerfield Resort: Golf Course
488 S Chapman Rd
La Follette, TN
(423) 566-0040


Greens at Deerfield The
161 The Clubhouse Dr
La Follette, TN
(423) 566-0040


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Nolichuckey Bluffs Bed and Breakfast Cabins - Greeneville, NCCottages and Cabins
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains near historic Greeneville, Tennessee, Nolichuckey Bluffs offers a relaxing escape with East Tennessee hospitality.
Web Site: tennessee-cabins.com
62.5 miles from park*
Griffin Island Campground - Sevierville, TNCampgrounds
Looking for something different Griffin Island is a family owned and family friendly 32 acre property that includes rental campers, full hook-up sites, and tent sites for rent on Douglas Lake. Griffin Island is your getaway from the mainstream but close enough to all the attraction of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.brPhone 866-461-4561
Web Site: griffinisland.net
35.8 miles from park*
Area Resources
Virginia Wilder Real Estate, LLC - Rose Hill, VARealtor
Virginia Wilder Real Estate, LLC has been voted The Best Real Estate Agency in the Tri-State area. Virginia Wilder Real Estate, LLC offers the latest technology, uses the resources the real estate industry has to offer and is ready to serve YOU Give Tina Jirava a call toll free 877-237-8208 ext 1.
Web Site: vwilderrealestate.com/
43 miles from park*
Nolichuckey Bluffs Bed and Breakfast Cabins - Greeneville, NCWedding Facilities
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains near historic Greeneville, Tennessee, Nolichuckey Bluffs offers a relaxing escape with East Tennessee hospitality.
Web Site: tennessee-cabins.com
62.5 miles from park*
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Directions
From I-75 exit 122, take Hwy. 61 east for approximately 12 miles. Park entrance is on the left. The park is located between the cities of Andersonville and Maynardville.

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Big Ridge State Park
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