Hiking Project Logo

Big Ridge State Park Tour

 2 votes

5.3 Miles 8.6 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

992' 302 m

Ascent

-986' -300 m

Descent

1,446' 441 m

High

1,030' 314 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Unknown

Update

Enjoy roughly 5 miles of hiking on various trails at Big Ridge State Park.

Matt Sloan

Overview

This is a short, 5-mile hike that takes you to some of the highlights in Big Ridge State Park. Enjoy hiking over Pinnacle Ridge and through Dark Hollow before making your way back to the car or the campground.
Features: Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

There's a backcountry campsite along the Dark Hollow Trail West for those looking to tent for a night.

Description

The hike begins with a steep uphill following the Lake Trail to Big Ridge Dam (be sure to stop and look – it's an early 1900's Civilian Conservation Corps construction).

At the split, follow the Dark Hollow Trail West to the left along the lakeshore and into the hollow between Big Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge. Observe the original homesites along the trail enshrouded in dense undergrowth.

At the next junction, head back toward the campground on the Big Valley Trail. Finally, cross the road and follow the Chestnut Ridge Trail back to the cabin area. Continue to follow the road back to the parking area where you started.

Flora & Fauna

Numerous wildflowers and ferns grow in Dark Hollow.

History & Background

This was one of the original settlements west of the Appalachians in the U.S.

Contacts

Rate Featured Hike


   Clear Rating

3.0 from 2 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Aug 19, 2017
M Roller

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 2 votes

#3073

Overall
  3.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#50

in Tennessee

#3,073

Overall
5 Views Last Month
44 Since Jun 24, 2017
Intermediate Intermediate

0%
50%
50%
0%
0%
0%

Conditions



Getting forecast...

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking