Big Ridge State Park


At Big Ridge State Park, you’ll find cabin rentals on the shoreline of Norris Lake tucked-away on the ridge offering expansive views of the sparkling waters. Located just north of Knoxville, the 3,687-acre park is home to a variety of activities for the whole family. Cabin visitors will enjoy paddling and boating, free of charge swimming, bass fishing, and more than 15 miles of hiking trails year round. Big Ridge State Park cabins are also equipped with screened-in porches perfect for enjoying a meal outdoors or a good book without the bugs. A sand volleyball court, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a basketball court, and a softball field are located within walking distance of the cabins. All the activities and amenities offered make Big Ridge State Park cabins the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and history of East Tennessee.

Location: Maynardville, TN

Nearest Cities: Knoxville (30 min.), Johnson City (120 min), Chattanooga (130 min.), Nashville (180 min.)

Amenities: Recreational hall (with a massive fireplace, a covered porch, a kitchen, and a large flagstone patio), beach, picnic tables, playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts, sports field, gift shop, laundromat, and canoe and boat rentals.

Rustic Studio

Category: Rustic
Rates: $78 — $143 Taxes and fees are not included. Rates subject to change. $5 reservation fee per cabin is non-refundable. $10 cancellation fee per cabin applies. Pets are only permitted in designated pet-friendly cabins. There is an additional charge of $20 per night, per pet.

Come enjoy a lakeside vacation rental at Big Ridge State Park. Visitors will enjoy hiking on the ridges overlooking Norris Lake and spending time out on the water. Located just north of Knoxville, this is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty and history of East Tennessee.

The park has twenty (20) one-bedroom rustic cabins that are open from April 1 through October 31. Eighteen (18) of the cabins can accommodate six people each. Cabin 11 accommodates four people and Cabin 2 accommodates eight people. The cabins were built in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and retain the charm and design of that time. Five cabins are located on the lakeside and fifteen (15) sit on the ridge.

Most of the cabins have a combined living and sleeping area with two double beds and a sofa sleeper. They feature hardwood floors, screened-in porches, bathrooms with tub/shower combination, and full kitchens with refrigerator, stove, toaster, and coffee maker. The cabins are fully equipped with linens, cookware, cooking utensils, and a grill. All cabins have air conditioning and electric heat along with a fireplace. Firewood is provided seasonally. There are no televisions or phones.

Cabins are available by reservation only and can be reserved up to a year in advance online with reservations being made through the park office up to two years in advance. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Parking is extremely limited. Do not attempt to tow or park a trailer in the cabin area. Most cabins require a set of stairs to get to and from the parking area. Pets are only permitted in Cabin 6 and 13. Maximum consecutive stay from March 1 through November 30 in any cabin is 14 nights. From December 1 to February 29, the maximum stay is 28 nights. Any request for stay lengths beyond these limits must be approved by the Director of Operations or the Director of Hospitality.

Policies & Disclaimers

Pet Policy

There are 2 pet friendly rustic cabins available. There is a $20 per pet charge per night. Additional charges may apply for any damage that may occur to carpet or furnishings. To learn more visit out Pet Policy.