Big Ridge Dam and InletLooking south across Norris Lake's Big Ridge inlet toward Big Ridge Dam in Union County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. The dam, in the upper left, retains Big Ridge Lake (slightly visible through the dam's spillway). Norris Lake occasionally rises high enough to submerge the dam. This view is from the West Hollow Trail, at the base of Pinnacle Ridge.
“Big Ridge State Park was one of five demonstration parks developed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as an example of public recreation development along TVA lakeshores. The structures on the park reflect the craftsmanship and stonework of the CCC. Along the trails you may see remnants of the homes and farms that existed here prior to the birth of the TVA.” (http://tnstateparks.com)
This park was actually part of the greater Norris Project. “Civilian Conservation Corps Company 4495, which was originally based in Loyston, began work on Big Ridge State Park in October 1934. The CCC built several rustic cabins, the sandy beach, a lodge, and restored the c.-1825 Norton Gristmil. TVA and the CCC constructed Big Ridge Dam during this period so that the park would have a lake area not affected by seasonal drawdowns of the Norris Reservoir.” (Wikipedia)
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