Big Hill Pond Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Big Hill Pond Trail is a 7.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pocahontas, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1085 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

I just did an 'out and back' hike to the Tuscumbia Shelter, a little over 6 mi RT. Lots of wildlife, saw 12 deer, ducks, geese and listened to owls all night while camping at the CG. Climbed the firetower for some awesome views. Good trail, well marked, varied terrain.

5 months ago

5 months ago

Very scenic trail. Good trail markings. The park rangers were very helpful.

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6 months ago

7 months ago

7 months ago

Great trail!

hiking
7 months ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
7 months ago

I have hiked this trail so many times I can't keep count

9 months ago

Loved it! Awesome view! Needs a little upkeep on Boardwalk, but was definable worth the hike! Watch out for snakes...walked up on a large Cottonmouth...threw him back down hill.

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10 months ago

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11 months ago

The hike was awesome. The view from the observation tower was even better! Can't wait to go back.

hiking
Monday, August 01, 2016

Had fun, good hike. I ended up getting mixed up because I thought the BHP trail was going to take me around the lake but it did not. Had to walk through the woods for a while until I found the horse trail, which brought me back.

Monday, May 16, 2016

My husband and I went here today and we really enjoyed ourselves. The trails were really well kept, there were a few steep climbs, but it was well worth it!! I would def recommend anyone wanting to enjoy a nice nature walk/hike to go here :)

walking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Plenty of Trails, but marking was confusing at times. Upon arrival, I stopped and got a map (they keep them in the mailbox at the Visitor's Center), then set up camp at Campsite 17, which it just so happened is right next to the entrance to the Rocky Knob trail, so I used this as my jump-off point. Within a couple minutes progress down the trail, you'll forget civilization is anywhere nearby. Serene and a fairly nice, thick canopy. As this was a cool, damp morning at around 8:30 a.m., I must add this: mosquitoes! Thousands of them. Luckily, I was covered in DEET and my clothes in permethrin...and as the morning progressed, the mosquitoes left to do whatever mosquitoes do during the day.

The Rocky Knob portion of trail doesn't look as traveled/used the rest, but markings were frequent. I soon left from the Rocky Knob section (leaving off the top loop of it) to join on the red (horse) trail. After a while, heading S/SW, I came to an intersection where there was both a giant white and black blaze. Since I was on the red trail, I didn't know which to take. Gut told me to go right, but, knowing left would at worst take me closer to the lake...I went left. Turns out, going right (probably) would have stayed on the horse trail. The trail I took to the left is NOT on the map, but if you find yourself on it, basically cuts through from the horse trail to the Grassy Point Shelter.

After a brief break at the Grassy Point Shelter, I headed around the edge of the lake on the Dry Ridge Trail, which re-joined the horse trail. Another intersection w/a large rock that appeared to be for sitting & taking breaks, and then l progressed to the tower (which, I obviously had to climb).

Now, if you're going this way (counterclockwise around the lake), and you come to the tower from the direction I did, things get a bit confusing at this point because the route to the boardwalk from the tower, as it's shown on the map, is not the most obvious/visible place to jump back on the trail. The place that IS most obvious isn't on the map at all. Basically, here's what you need to do. If you want to leave the tower and go to the boardwalk, you'll be entering a trail that's at your approximate 9 o'clock position from where you walked in to the tower area from the other trail. You'll know its correct if you find yourself walking down a long, steep descent (trekking poles help here). Once at the bottom, you'll reach a T in the trail. Go right and you'll be on your way to the boardwalk. (If you take a left, you'll ultimately end up back at the tower from the opposite side...which is how I found out what the map was trying to tell me to do...which was to exit on the far opposite side of the tower area, past where you can see some logs and fire remnants).

Beyond that, no other real confusion. The boardwalk seemed longer than I thought it would, but it was nice. I took the left once I got to the end of it and made my way around the rest of the lake. A while later, and I eventually crossed the smaller boardwalk that's close to the boat ramp, I took an immediate right to go back towards the campground. This section was not very well maintained and is RIGHT next to the water, but the trail was at least visible. Back to the campground by mid-afternoon. 10.46 miles in about 4.5 hours, with only around 18 minutes stop time.

I'd say the main thing that kept me from being too confused at times was comparing the track on my GPS to the trail geometry on the hard copy map I was carrying to determine where I was and whether/not I was on the right track. So yes, the map you get isn't perfect, but if you have a GPS to compare it too, no real problems. Or, if no GPS, just stay on established trails and "you'll come out somewhere". :-)

As for critters, I was in cutoff Army pants and hiking shoes w/no-show socks and didn't get any ticks or bites, but I know others who did because you ARE going to be brushing against vegetation. Chalking it up to DEET and permethrin because bugs love me. Also came one snake on the trail. I just went around and luckily didn't get chased. Oh, and I did see another snakeskin...so be careful because they're out there.

Lastly, the ONLY people I met on the trail was a family at the tower and a guy & his sons fishing on the small boardwalk, so if seclusion is your thing, this is probably a decent place to go. I figure I'll be back. Nice trip. Also, while the campground isn't "backcountry", it gets real quiet, dark, and peaceful once everybody shuts down for the night. Almost forgot I wasn't alone in the wilderness.

hiking
Monday, March 09, 2015

First of all, the map that you get at the ranger station is very outdated and not very helpful. We assumed the whole trail was 8 miles, when, in fact, the 8 mile loop is just a section of a much bigger 30 mile loop. We started hiking at 10am and gave up at about 5pm. The swamp area's bridges were out so we had to jump across creaks. If you were to go on the yellow trail in summer, you would probably find a buttload of Cotton Mouths there. We did reach the boardwalk (we like to call it the boardwalk of death because the boards are severely unreliable) and the tower that had an awesome view. Despite the 20+ miles we hiked, it was an adventure and very beautiful. Totally worth it. A good day trip if you like extreme hiking.

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014