The heavily forested, 3,687-acre park lies on the southern shore of TVA's Norris Reservoir approximately 25 miles north of Knoxville. Visitors to the park will find a wealth of activities to meet any interest from guided nature tours to backcountry camping.
Great views and some difficult side trails. Miscalculated pace and sunset so hiked last hour in the dark. Saw deer and then a coyote by the little cemetery just after dusk. Great mix of ridge, bottomland, and lake hiking. Only disappointment was that east end of the trail terminates into a paved road that you have to walk for about a mile and a half back to the parking area. Overall highly recommended.
I loved this trail.It was easy enough for my kids and had a lot to look at like the bridge going over the lake,cemeteries,and mill replica.We also walked the Ghost House Loop during the day and then at night and loved it with the rich "ghostly" history.
This is one of my favorite hikes near Knoxville because of its close proximity, lack of traffic, and dog friendliness. The hike is fairly flat for most of the trip. You get to cross Big Ridge Dam, see a couple of old cemeteries, see an old grist mill replica, and hike through a valley along a creek and along Big Ridge Lake for much of the trip. There are many more trails at Big Ridge that allow you to vary the distance and sights in your hike as well.
Jason M. on Big Ridge State Park Five Mile Trail
This is a great trail and I have hiked this many times. it has a few steep climbs but isn't too difficult. Spring is a great time for finding wildflower viewing along the trail and there are several good spots to sit, relax and take in the beauty of Norris lake. If you love backpacking, then there is even a good campsite along the trail to make a quick and easy overnight adventure.
Melissa W. on Big Ridge State Park Five Mile Trail
One of my favorite places to hike! The mushrooms and frogs are amazing during late fall!
kimberly w. on Big Ridge State Park Five Mile Trail
Giving this a 4 star at the moment. They have a new superintendent after ages with the old one . Improvements have already begun. Work on trails , very little trash , no trees down at the moment . Hopefully it will regain its former glory. One of my all time favorite family parks.