Located in Tennessee's Appalachian Ridge, Big Ridge State Park is a favorite destination among even the most adventurous of outdoor enthusiasts. The park is home to Big Ridge Lake, campsites, backcountry camping, and more than 15 miles of hiking trails. There are also many interesting historic sites located throughout the park.
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The Best Hiking Trails in Big Ridge State Park
Big Ridge State Park has a dozen hiking trails that will take you through lush forests, along peaceful lakeshores, and past historic cemeteries and the remnants of old settlements. The trails range from easy to very difficult, so you're pretty much guaranteed to find a hike for your skill level. Venture out from Big Ridge State Park cabins and see the park from its rugged paths.
1. Lake Trail
An easy-to-moderate trail, Lake Trail follows the shores of Big Ridge Lake and crosses Big Ridge Dam. In addition to offering water views, it's also one of the best trails for spotting local wildlife.
2. Indian Rock Trail
If you consider yourself an experienced hiker, Indian Rock Trail is for you. The trail is just under three miles and features rocky areas and passes by several historic landmarks.
3. Chestnut Ridge Trail
Dotted with American chestnut trees, Chestnut Ridge Trail is an easy-to-moderate trail and just under a mile long.
4. Meditation Point Trail
A very short trail with a slight ascent, Meditation Point Trail culminates at a covered bench shelter where hikers can go beyond Big Ridge State Park cabins and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the park.
The Best Family Activities in Big Ridge State Park
Big Ridge State Park lets families escape their busy daily lives, offering watersport opportunities, sports facilities, and numerous historical sites. Whether you prefer Big Ridge State Park hotels or the more rustic experience of camping, a visit to the park is one you won't soon forget.
1. Boating and fishing
Rowboats, paddleboats, canoes, and kayaks are available to rent at Big Ridge State Park, where there is designated boat ramp for larger boats. The lake is good for fishing and is known for its bream and bass. Boating and fishing are both permitted year-round, and the park’s boat dock is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The lake serves as a popular swimming area during the summer. There’s a sandy beach where you can catch some sun, and a concrete-bottomed swimming area for children. The beach is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The park has basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, a softball field, and horseshoe pits.
4. Historic sites
Throughout the park, you'll find historic cemeteries and the remnants of early settlers’ homes and farms.
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