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Big Ridge State Park, Maynardville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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2.9/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
Big Ridge State Park is a state park in Union County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The park consists of 3687acre on the southern shore of the Norris Reservoir, an impoundment of the Clinch River created by the completion of Norris Dam in 1936. Much of the park's recreational focus is on Big Ridge Lake, a 45acre sub-impoundment of Norris near the center of the park.Big Ridge State Park was first developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s as part of the greater Norris Project. The park was one of three of the project's demonstration recreational areas that eventually became state parks (Norris Dam State Park and Cove Lake State Park are the other two). The park's recreational facilities opened in May 1934. The park is now operated and maintained by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.Geographical settingBig Ridge State Park is located in the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley range, which is characterized by narrow elongate ridges flanked by fertile stream valleys. The park's topography is dominated by three such ridge systems running roughly parallel to one another, the two northernmost of which are bisected by the Big Ridge Lake inlet of Norris Lake. The northernmost ridge is known as "Lone Mountain" west of the inlet and "Big Ridge" east of the inlet. The central ridge is known as "Bluebird Ridge" west of the inlet and "Pinnacle Ridge" east of the inlet. The southernmost ridge, which is not bisected by the inlet, is known as "Chestnut Ridge." The northern and central ridge systems are divided by Dark Hollow, a narrow valley that spans the entire park. The central and southern ridges are divided by a valley known as Blue Mud Valley west of the inlet and Poor Land Valley east of the inlet.
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  • We all needed a vacation after this vacation it's nice if you don't get a cabin there's no air conditioning and there are massive spiders when you step on it babies crawl out I found out its called a ...  read more »
  • Our family says at this State Park annually while we attend a local music festival. This year we stayed in Cabin # 9. We were not alone. Mice. We are aware in the woods we are at their house, but no e...  read more »
  • Paid almost $400 for 4 nights as it was Labor Day weekend. The GOOD: This park has many hiking trails, gorgeous views, a playground, swimming area, open areas, fishing, cheap boat rentals, volleyball ...  read more »
  • the swimming area was the nastiest body of water I've ever seen , the entire upkeep of this place is terrible. Tennessee should be ashamed to have this facility as a state park. it's horrible and the most disappointing planned trip I've ever had. at least update the photos so ppl know that this place is neglected and won't waste their time visiting.
  • Trash and dog poop every where. Needs some cleaning up. No longer has concession stand. If they cleaned up the place it would be so much better.
  • Love the nature. The campground looks like an awesome spot to chill in your RV. And the lake at noon is beautiful.
  • Love Big Ridge State Park! Great trails, boat rental (so happy for the kayaks & paddle boards), lake pool, & events they have in the summer for the kids!
  • Great place to spend time with friends or family. Easy access to lake Norris for boating or fishing.
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