A sandy beach next to Big Ridge Lake provides swimming enjoyment from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. An enclosed, concrete-bottomed area is provided for children. Swimming is free of charge. There are no lifeguards on duty, therefore swimming is at your own risk.
Bald Eagles, Herons, and Kingfishers can be seen on the lakes as well as many species of waterfowl during the winter. Common Loons sometimes visit during the winter and can be seen on Norris Lake. The trails are good places to see migratory birds in the spring and fall.
Big Ridge Lake (49-acre) provides good fishing year round for bass and bream. Black Bass must be a minimum of 14 inches. Gas motors, and personal watercraft are not permitted on Big Ridge Lake. However, guests may rent jon boats, and pedal boats at the boat dock for use on Big Ridge Lake. Personal electric trolling motors can be used on park jon boats. The lake is open year round and boat rentals are available except during winter months.
Just minutes from the park are the coldwater tailwaters of the Clinch River. Wade fishing during non-generation periods is very productive for Rainbow, Brook and Brown Trout. Bigger trout are often taken by boat during generation flows.
Chestnut Ridge Trail — 0.80 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Old Mill Trail — 0.30 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Fisherman’s Trail — 0.30 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy
Loyston Overlook Trail — 0.30 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult
Meditation Point Trail — 0.20 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Lake Trail — 1.50 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to moderate
Ghost House Trail — 1.20 Miles — Natural Surface — Easy to moderate
Big Valley Trail — 1.70 Miles — Natural Surface — Very difficult
Dark Hollow East — 1.30 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Dark Hollow West — 1.70 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Indian Rock Trail — 2.60 Miles — Natural Surface — Very difficult - Experienced hikers only
Sharp’s Station Trail — 0.20 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult