Big Ridge State Park is a 3,687 acre park located off Hwy 61. We will hike an elongated figure eight of about 9 miles. Our route will take us over a CCC dam that separates the 49 acres Big Ridge Lake from Norris Lake. There are traces of the nineteenth and early twentieth century inhabitants. With the leaves off the trees there will be good views from the ridge lines of Loyston Sea. There are no high elevations in the park but we will cross and recross parallel ridges. Total elevation gain will be over 1700 ft. The Indian Rock Trail does involve a very steep decent to get to our planned lunch spot on Norris Lake near the marker for the site of a fort built in the 1780’s. The hike will start from the Visitor Center/Park Office. After turning off Highway 61, pass the tennis courts and turn left at the small stone building that was the old Park Office. We will gather near the electric car charging stations. There are restrooms at the Park Office. Hike is rated moderately difficult. Carpool from Hardees at 107 Buffalo Rd, Clinton. Be ready to leave by 8:00 a.m. Roundtrip of 24 miles at $0.07/mile = $1.68 (round to $2) for the driver. Or meet at the Park Office at 1015 Big Ridge Park Road, at 8:30 a.m.
Leader: Randy Mitchell
Leader contact information is included under Additional Information in the email you receive after registration.
Smoky Mountains Hiking Club
PO Box 51592
Knoxville, TN 37950-1592