Big Ridge and Norris Dam State Parks

These two state parks are located on Norris Lake within 10 miles of each other.
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1 <strong>Big Ridge State Park</strong> is located on Hwy. 170 near Maynardville, TN. It is situated on a section of Norris Lake. The park has several nice hiking trails. It has rustic cabins, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a swimming area.
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Big Ridge State Park is located on Hwy. 170 near Maynardville, TN. It is situated on a section of Norris Lake. The park has several nice hiking trails. It has rustic cabins, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a swimming area.

Big Ridge State Park is located on Hwy. 170 near Maynardville, TN. It is situated on a section of Norris Lake. The park has several nice hiking trails. It has rustic cabins, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a swimming area. map... 3655
2 A small "walk-across" dam is part of the Lakeside Trail at Big Ridge. It is fun to watch for fish from the dam.

A small "walk-across" dam is part of the Lakeside Trail at Big Ridge. It is fun to watch for fish from the dam.

A small "walk-across" dam is part of the Lakeside Trail at Big Ridge. It is fun to watch for fish from the dam. 3105
3 There is an old cemetery on a hill near one of the hiking trails. I liked this old "homemade" headstone that a family member chiseled out of a flat rock for a  loved-one who "dyed" in January 1892. It shows the character of the mountain people who live...

There is an old cemetery on a hill near one of the hiking trails. I liked this old "homemade" headstone that a family member chiseled out of a flat rock for a loved-one who "dyed" in January 1892. It shows the character of the mountain people who live...

There is an old cemetery on a hill near one of the hiking trails. I liked this old "homemade" headstone that a family member chiseled out of a flat rock for a loved-one who "dyed" in January 1892. It shows the character of the mountain people who lived in the hills and "hollers" of the area long before the little farms and towns were drowned by Norris Lake in the mid-1930's. 2376
4 The Gristmill at Big Ridge was once used to grind corn and wheat for meal and flour.

The Gristmill at Big Ridge was once used to grind corn and wheat for meal and flour.

The Gristmill at Big Ridge was once used to grind corn and wheat for meal and flour. 2125
5 View of the swimming area at Big Ridge from the Lakeside Trail.

View of the swimming area at Big Ridge from the Lakeside Trail.

View of the swimming area at Big Ridge from the Lakeside Trail. 2392
6 View from the Lakeside Trail at Big Ridge.

View from the Lakeside Trail at Big Ridge.

View from the Lakeside Trail at Big Ridge. 2255
7 Big Ridge State Park has several older rental cabins. This is one of the lakeside cabins. The cabins have screened-in porches and grills.

Big Ridge State Park has several older rental cabins. This is one of the lakeside cabins. The cabins have screened-in porches and grills.

Big Ridge State Park has several older rental cabins. This is one of the lakeside cabins. The cabins have screened-in porches and grills. 3838
8 This is one of the larger hillside cabins.

This is one of the larger hillside cabins.

This is one of the larger hillside cabins. 2890
9 The swimming area at Big Ridge State Park is a roped-off part of the lake.

The swimming area at Big Ridge State Park is a roped-off part of the lake.

The swimming area at Big Ridge State Park is a roped-off part of the lake. 3365
10 Paddle boats and canoes can be rented at Big Ridge. People can not bring their own canoe to use at the park.

Paddle boats and canoes can be rented at Big Ridge. People can not bring their own canoe to use at the park.

Paddle boats and canoes can be rented at Big Ridge. People can not bring their own canoe to use at the park. 3145
11 The Picnic ground is on the hill above the swimming area.

The Picnic ground is on the hill above the swimming area.

The Picnic ground is on the hill above the swimming area. 2295
12 Norris Dam as seen from the overlook. The dam was completed in 1936, built for hydroelectric production of electricity and flood control.Tours of the powerhouse at the TVA dam are available to the public. 
<strong>Norris Dam State Park</strong> is loc...

Norris Dam as seen from the overlook. The dam was completed in 1936, built for hydroelectric production of electricity and flood control.Tours of the powerhouse at the TVA dam are available to the public. Norris Dam State Park is loc...

Norris Dam as seen from the overlook. The dam was completed in 1936, built for hydroelectric production of electricity and flood control.Tours of the powerhouse at the TVA dam are available to the public. Norris Dam State Park is located in Norris, TN. It is easily accessible from I-75. It has hiking trails, wildflowers, 2 camp grounds, a swimming pool, a marina, and rustic and modern cabins. map... 3288
13 The old gristmill at Norris Dam State Park. It is located near a small museum.

The old gristmill at Norris Dam State Park. It is located near a small museum.

The old gristmill at Norris Dam State Park. It is located near a small museum. 3190
14 The 3.2 mile River Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park is one of the best spring wildflower viewing areas in the state. There are huge masses of Trout Lilies, Purple Phacelia, Hepatica, Spring Beauties, several types of Trillium, Twinleaf, Violets, Ce...

The 3.2 mile River Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park is one of the best spring wildflower viewing areas in the state. There are huge masses of Trout Lilies, Purple Phacelia, Hepatica, Spring Beauties, several types of Trillium, Twinleaf, Violets, Ce...

The 3.2 mile River Bluff Trail at Norris Dam State Park is one of the best spring wildflower viewing areas in the state. There are huge masses of Trout Lilies, Purple Phacelia, Hepatica, Spring Beauties, several types of Trillium, Twinleaf, Violets, Celandine Poppy, and many others blooming in late March and early April. 2848
15 Norris trail sign

Norris trail sign

Norris trail sign 2316
16 Just on the lower end of this bridge is where the wildflowers suddenly begin en masse. If you get there early in the blooming season you'll see Bloodroot and Trout Lily here.

Just on the lower end of this bridge is where the wildflowers suddenly begin en masse. If you get there early in the blooming season you'll see Bloodroot and Trout Lily here.

Just on the lower end of this bridge is where the wildflowers suddenly begin en masse. If you get there early in the blooming season you'll see Bloodroot and Trout Lily here. 2344
17 The Bluff Trail follows the Clinch River below Norris Dam. It is a moderately easy trail.

The Bluff Trail follows the Clinch River below Norris Dam. It is a moderately easy trail.

The Bluff Trail follows the Clinch River below Norris Dam. It is a moderately easy trail. 2511
18 This cliff is what gives the Bluff Trail its' name.

This cliff is what gives the Bluff Trail its' name.

This cliff is what gives the Bluff Trail its' name. 2500
19 Many types of birds can be seen along the Bluff Trail at  Norris including mallard ducks.

Many types of birds can be seen along the Bluff Trail at Norris including mallard ducks.

Many types of birds can be seen along the Bluff Trail at Norris including mallard ducks. 2342
20 My friend, Terri, enjoying the view from the Lakeside Loop trail.

My friend, Terri, enjoying the view from the Lakeside Loop trail.

My friend, Terri, enjoying the view from the Lakeside Loop trail. 3129
21 We arrived at the Norris Dam SP swimming pool after closing time on the last day that it was open! What lousy timing! Oh well, at least I could show what the pool looks like.

We arrived at the Norris Dam SP swimming pool after closing time on the last day that it was open! What lousy timing! Oh well, at least I could show what the pool looks like.

We arrived at the Norris Dam SP swimming pool after closing time on the last day that it was open! What lousy timing! Oh well, at least I could show what the pool looks like. 3375
22 The <strong>Norris Dam State Park Marina</strong> has slips for all sizes of boats --- from 2-person paddleboats to houseboats. Many kinds of boats are available for daily rental. Like most of east Tennessee's lakes, Norris has nice, clear water.

The Norris Dam State Park Marina has slips for all sizes of boats --- from 2-person paddleboats to houseboats. Many kinds of boats are available for daily rental. Like most of east Tennessee's lakes, Norris has nice, clear water.

The Norris Dam State Park Marina has slips for all sizes of boats --- from 2-person paddleboats to houseboats. Many kinds of boats are available for daily rental. Like most of east Tennessee's lakes, Norris has nice, clear water. 2264
23 The limestone from the old quarry near Norris Dam was used in the construction of the dam in the mid-1930's.

The limestone from the old quarry near Norris Dam was used in the construction of the dam in the mid-1930's.

The limestone from the old quarry near Norris Dam was used in the construction of the dam in the mid-1930's. 2338
24 Norris Dam State Park has 2 kinds of cabins for rent. This is an example of the older, rustic cabins. They are set in a wooded area in the eastern section of the park.

Norris Dam State Park has 2 kinds of cabins for rent. This is an example of the older, rustic cabins. They are set in a wooded area in the eastern section of the park.

Norris Dam State Park has 2 kinds of cabins for rent. This is an example of the older, rustic cabins. They are set in a wooded area in the eastern section of the park. 4147
25 This is one of the modern cabins on the western side of Norris Dam State Park.

This is one of the modern cabins on the western side of Norris Dam State Park.

This is one of the modern cabins on the western side of Norris Dam State Park. 3291
26 The east campground is located up on a hill in a large powerline cut. You'll have to get there early to get a nice, wooded site.

The east campground is located up on a hill in a large powerline cut. You'll have to get there early to get a nice, wooded site.

The east campground is located up on a hill in a large powerline cut. You'll have to get there early to get a nice, wooded site. 2484
27 This doe and her spotted fawn were seen in the woods next to the road. Unfortunately, all I had with me was my small pocket camera which doesn't do well in low, late afternoon light! I <u>knew</u> I should have taken my SLR!!! :( Some of the other anim...

This doe and her spotted fawn were seen in the woods next to the road. Unfortunately, all I had with me was my small pocket camera which doesn't do well in low, late afternoon light! I knew I should have taken my SLR!!! :( Some of the other anim...

This doe and her spotted fawn were seen in the woods next to the road. Unfortunately, all I had with me was my small pocket camera which doesn't do well in low, late afternoon light! I knew I should have taken my SLR!!! :( Some of the other animals seen in the park include groundhogs, turkeys, ducks, kingfishers, herons and other water birds, and hawks. 2308

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