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.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

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.

Very nice hike with several changes in scenery.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

on Five Mile Trail

5 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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.

on Five Mile Trail

hiking
9 months ago

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.

hiking
1 year ago

on Five Mile Trail

hiking
1 year ago

One of my favorite places to hike! The mushrooms and frogs are amazing during late fall!

hiking
1 year ago

First part of trail very wet due to last weeks rain fall

hiking
1 year ago

on Five Mile Trail

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

My favorite hiking trail! So quiet and peaceful!