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.
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 Trai...
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 Trai...
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 Trai...
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.
I did the hike today with my husband who is an experienced hiker (I am not). The 5 mile loop was very challenging for me. The trail was over grown once you got into it a bit (about a mile or so up), but it was not wet so I wasn't too worried. After a nice rain I would not be on this trail because some of the path is very narrow and steep. There was very little litter at all, Mostly it was found at a little overlook of lake & by the dam on West Dark Hollow. If I was to do this hike again and I plan on it. I will also wear a swim suit and pack some water shoes because the lake is easily accessible and looks so inviting! I love this park, it's not as well maintained as some in the Smoky's but there isn't nearly the traffic either.