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Big Ridge State Park, Maynardville

(3/5 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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  • The park is very nice to hike through. My family and I went hiking and we enjoyed the trails. Beautiful lake and boat to paddle.I had my birthday there. Basketball court tennis. And swings fir the lit...  more »
  • This park offers rolling hills of packed earth/dirt. You may come across a few other hikers, but mostly boats and people fishing on the lake. There are trails that offer water access & shoreline views...  more »
  • The fire ring at our site was completely full of ashes. It also had cigarettes and melted plastic in it. I flagged down a park ranger as they passed by and asked if they had a shovel to clean it out. ...  more »
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  • Love the location. We live less than an hour away and come here often. Very peaceful and quiet. We bring our kayaks and just float and fish the day away. There are no motorized boats allowed, so it makes it so relaxing. The only thing that keeps it from being 5 stars is the showers/restrooms are in need of updating in a bad way. But other than that, it's a great place.
  • Nice and clean. This place is very family oriented. It has lots of learning experiences and great for the nature lovers. It has a variety of things to do such as camping, swimming, hiking, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and a lot of other things. This would be great for gatherings.
  • We recently moved to Tennessee and this was the first park we've visited, has great swimming area for all ages and pet friendly. We had a nice picnic but the picnic tables were dirty and neglected, but not enough to stop us from enjoying our picnic. :) We'll definitely be back!
  • 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.