Big Ridge Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Maynardville, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 764 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Nice wooded walk around Big Ridge Lake and over the Pinnacle Ridge This five mile loop starts with the Lake Trail. After approximately 0.,5 miles, the trail crosses the Big Ridge Lake Dam. Once across the dam, bear left onto the Dark Hollow West trail. Once on the Dark Hollow West Trail, several downed trees will be encountered. There is also a small creek crossing. After about 1.7 miles, take the Big Valley trail for approximately 0.7 miles. At the next trail intersection, take the Lake Trail which will once again cross the dam. Keep an eye out for wildlife and you won't be disappointed!

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11 days ago

Our perfect moderate hike. Part of the trail is along the lake shore, part along a creek and the rest densely wooded. The trail is in great shape. There are plenty of roots but no rocks. There are a couple of more demanding ascents but none of them more than a couple of minutes. Nice addition that it’s a loop trail. Remember to jump on Ghost House Trail to return to Lake Trail and the trailhead. My wife must’ve been pretty motivated because we completed it in one hour and 50 minutes.

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muddy
24 days ago

2 months ago

Nice trail . Definitely worth doing it

hiking
2 months ago

Well marked. Easy hike with some good inclines.

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2 months ago

My year old lab loved this trail and I did too!

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icy
muddy
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

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flooded
4 months ago

Great little hike with the pup! Mostly flat with one intense uphill that will take you about 10 minutes up. I brought my hammock and there’s a perfect clearing at the second elevation peak near the middle of the hike. A lot of trees down, had to lift the pup over two. A lot of flooded areas too, but easy enough to navigate around. Beautiful hike overall!

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muddy
off trail
4 months ago

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8 months ago

Fantastic trail. Diverse, moderately challenging, interesting historical markers...nice afternoon walk.

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blowdown
8 months ago

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blowdown
8 months ago

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bugs
11 months ago

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bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
Sat May 25 2019

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Tue May 21 2019

Went around the leftmost part of the trail (after doing the rightmost side 2 days ago) and regretted 75% of that decision. For the first quarter of the hike it was peaceful and fun. It seemed very overgrown, lots of fallen trees, poison and other annoyances (ie, spiderwebs, spiderwebs, and spiderwebs). Did I mention spiderwebs? Not sure what happened, but all I can think is I took the path less traveled and I paid for it.

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Sun May 19 2019

Easy to modern hiking. Wouldn't recommend for pets (personally) since there's the occassional overgrown brush, poison ivy/oak, but otherwise a fun trail. We did a small section and somehow took a trail that led us off the posted areas, but we managed to get back from the road. I'd come back since it's pretty close and hike the whole trail. Enjoy!

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Mon May 13 2019

Nice lollipop loop featuring many remnants of old pre-park settlements (cemeteries, homestead sites, etc.). Also nice views of Big Ridge and Norris Lakes. Trails are marked with infrequent color-coded plastic shields, and all intersections are signed. Download a trail map from the park website or pick one up at the Visitor Center on your way in. A few downed trees and muddy areas but nothing serious. Overall, my favorite hike at the TVA-created state parks north of Knoxville.

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bugs
muddy
over grown
Sat May 11 2019

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muddy
Fri Mar 22 2019

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