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Camping During COVID – A Voyage To Big Ridge State Park

 

Last updated 9/2/2020 at 5:12pm

This shot of Norris Lake, taken at Big Ridge State Park, near Maynardville, Tenn., was formerly the site of Sharp's Station, a stockade fort established roughly around 1783 by German pioneer William Sharp along the banks of what was then the Clinch River, which served as the southern boundary of Cherokee Territory. Sharp's Station was one of several forts established in the Tennessee Valley area that served as trading posts and refuge from Native American attacks. In 1794, Peter Graves, a Sharp's Station resident, was amushed and killed atop Big Ridge. This led to a series of skirmishes over the next few years, with Sharp's Station pioneers ultimately thwarting each attack. (Times photos by Jeremiah Reed)

Located just over two-and-a-half hours northwest of Transylvania County, about 30 minutes north of Knoxville, Tenn., Big Ridge State Park lies on 3,700 acres of pristine Tennessee forestland.

There isn't much in the surrounding area except a patchwork of small towns, Maynardville being the nearest, all of which are roughly equal in size and seem, for the most part, identical.

The park is fairly isolated, requiring a 15-minute drive back onto the main highway, which serves as the conduit between wilderness and civilization.

The drive itself consists of winding backroads within the mounta...



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