Big Ridge State Park RV & Campground Guide


Big Ridge State Park is known for its unique topography of narrow ridges flanked by fertile stream valleys. This heavily forested park is located in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley Range, and it covers 3,687 acres on the southern shore of the Norris Reservoir. It is just outside of the towns of Maynardville and Alder Springs. Many people come to the park to see the beautiful lake and magnificent scenery. 

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Spring 37-60 F
Summer 65-86 F
Fall 46-70 F
Winter 28-47 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Big Ridge State Park

If you want to camp out but don't want to fuss with a tent, consider renting an RV. These vehicles keep you comfortable on the road as they offer all the amenities of home. Renting an RV is easy when you book with RVshare. You can find a vehicle that will meet your needs and budget. 

Big Ridge State Park Campgrounds

You can rent a spot for your RV at Big Ridge State Park Campgrounds. There are 50 sites near the Norris Lake area that can accommodate trailers, RVs, and tents. All RV campsites have a paved slip and can fit a rig up to 35 feet. Along with that, the sites provide 50-amp electric and water hookups. A picnic table and grill are available at the camping pads. The rates start at $28 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Dump station, hot showers, and modern restrooms

Norris Dam State Park

Norris Dam State Park also offers campgrounds for RVers. This park is divided into two sections. At each section, there is a dump station for your vehicle. All the sites have a fire pit, table, and grill. The east side section features 25 sites with electric and water hookups, and there are a few primitive sites for tents. If you need handicap-accessible pads, make sure to choose the west side. This section offers 50 sites with water and electric hookups.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Modern bathhouse, laundromat, and firewood for sale

Cove Lake State Park

Cove Lake State Park is another great spot for your RV. This campground has 100 campsites with water and electrical hookups. Most of the sites even provide grills and tables. If you want to sleep in a tent, there are a few primitive sites. You can enjoy a few amenities at this location, including a dump station, modern restrooms, and hot water. The rental rate is $20 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Camping store

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What to Do at
Big Ridge State Park

Inside Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park is home to a variety of activities. If you love to hike, you will want to visit this park; there are over 15 miles of trails that range from easy to very rugged. You can travel along old roadbeds, lush hollows, lakeshores, and dry ridges. Along the path, you might see evidence of early settlements. Water sports are also popular in the park, including boating, paddling, swimming, and fishing. 

Outside Big Ridge State Park

There is plenty of fun outside of Big Ridge State Park. Maynardville is filled with restaurants and shops. You can find a great place to enjoy a quiet meal or pick up supplies for your trip. In addition to that, you will find a couple of places to explore outside this Tennessee state park. 


Li'l Jo's BBQ

While in Maynardville, you might want to try out Li'l Jo's BBQ. This eatery features a large selection of items on the menu. It is known for the famous hot and spicy "Chili Joe." You can order chili on fries or sandwiches. If you don't want chili, you might want to try one of the pizzas. There are lunch specials with chicken tenders, catfish filets, barbecue sandwiches, and boneless chops during the week. Don't forget to top off your meal with a homemade milkshake.

Type: American

Location: 2805 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, TN 37807

Pete's Place Restaurant & Grill

If you want to enjoy some food and sports, head over to Pete's Place Restaurant & Grill. You can order chicken wings, onion rings, and fried pickles for an appetizer. This restaurant also serves up salads, sandwiches, and burgers. Seafood and pasta dishes are available for lunch and dinner.

Type: American

Location: 3905 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, TN 37807

33 Diner

For those in the mood for a hearty breakfast, make sure to visit 33 Diner. You can enjoy favorites like biscuits and gravy and hearty omelets. If you are looking for a few lunch selections, the menu features salads, sandwiches, and burgers. You can choose to eat in the restaurant or head out to the patio overlooking the marina. 

Type: Diner

Location: 3024 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, TN 37807


Food City

Food City is an excellent place to shop for your groceries and household goods. You can find meats, produce, seafood, and frozen foods. There is even a sub shop that makes customized sandwiches. If you visit the bakery, you can pick up fresh cakes, donuts, and bread. This Food City also has an on-site pharmacy that can fill your prescriptions.

Location: 4344 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, TN 37807

Union County Farmers Market

If you want to support local vendors, visit Union County Farmers Market. This grocery store offers seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs. You can also buy locally raised items, such as meats, eggs, and nursery plants. Along with that, there are handmade crafts, jellies, and other goods available for sale. 

Location: 115 Wilson Lane, Maynardville, TN 37807

Little D's Market & Deli

For those quick grab-and-go items, stop by Little D's Market & Deli. You can buy classic sandwiches, mini-pizzas, giant pretzels, and hot dogs at this shop. In the morning, there is a large selection of breakfast sandwiches. This market also offers bagged snacks, sweet treats, and beverages. 

Location: 1330 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, TN 37807


Union County Museum and Genealogical Library

If you want to learn about the area's local history, plan a visit to Union County Museum and Genealogical Library. You can see a wide range of memorabilia in this museum. Music fans will want to check out the exhibits on famous Union County musicians like Chet Atkins, Kenny Chesney, and Carl Smith. There are also displays featuring Civil War artifacts, photographs, and documents. 

Location: 3824 Maynardville Highway, Maynardville, TN 37807

Loyston Point Campground

Located on the shores of Norris Reservoir, this day-use area was developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Norris Lake is considered the cleanest lake in the entire state. If you want to explore around Loyston Point Campground, make sure to head out to the Hemlock Bluff National Recreation Trail. Forests surround this trail, and it is a perfect place to take a relaxing stroll. You might want to kick back and enjoy some sun on the shore. Children can have fun at the playground. If you don't want to leave, you can spend the night. RV sites with full hookups are available for rent.

Location: 730 Loyston Point Road, Andersonville, TN 37705

Chuck Swan State Forest

Chuck Swan State Forest covers over 25,000 acres of land in the Appalachian Ridge and Valley. It is also home to 63 cemeteries and one active church congregation. If you want to spend time in the vehicle, there are miles of drivable roads. This state forest also offers opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, caving, fishing, and hunting. However, anyone wanting to hunt or fish will need a permit from the ranger's office.

Location: 3350 Sharps Chapel Road, Sharps Chapel, TN 37866

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How to Get to
Big Ridge State Park

If you are traveling from Johnson City, you will want to start on Interstate 81-S towards Knoxville. At Exit 1A/B, take the ramp right for Interstate 40-W. You will follow that for 28.3 miles. You need to turn off at Exit 393 and take the ramp for Interstate 640. Follow that for four miles and turn right onto U.S. 441/North Broadway Street. You need to keep straight on TN 33 for five miles. Turn left on Loyston Pike. At Big Ridge State Park, make a right. Follow the signs into the park. 

Entering Big Ridge State Park

Big Ridge State Park is open from sunrise to sunset.

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