Big Ridge Trail

Location: Hixson, Tenn.
Reservoir: Chickamauga
Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 1.3-mile loop
Coordinates: 35.114542 -85.225150

  • Hiking
  • Parking
TVA decided to protect this area because of the old growth forest, which includes several species of oaks, yellow poplar and shagbark hickory. Old growth forest means the plant community has survived for many years without outside disturbances (logging, intrusion of non-native species, human manipulation, etc). Near Chickamauga Dam, this trail can only be accessed from the main greenway trail at Greenway Farm on Gann Store Rd. in Hixson, Tenn.

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