Big Hill Pond State Park Campground

Selmer, Tennessee

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Big Hill pond state park is the best-kept secret in West Tennessee. The park was created in part because of its wetlands, which lie in the floodplain of the Tuscumbia River. But this park is not all about wetlands, for Big Hill Pond mostly has steep hills broken by rock outcrops hovering over sharp, wooded ravines. A walk on any of the 30 miles of trails here will testify to that. The entire trail system, with loop possibilities ideal for day hikers, is special enough to have been designated a National Recreation Trail. And when darkness comes, you will find that the campground was seemingly designed with tent campers in mind. The 30-site campground is set on a ridge above Dismal Branch. This rolling backdrop offers vertical variation to your camping opportunities.
Best Tent Camping: Tennessee

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Best Tent Camping: Tennessee

by Johnny Molloy (Menasha Ridge Press)

Big Hill pond state park is the best-kept secret in West Tennessee. The park was created in part because of its wetlands, which lie in the floodplain of the Tuscumbia River. But this park is not all about wetlands, for Big Hill Pond mostly has steep hills broken by rock outcrops hovering over sharp, wooded ravines. A walk on any of the 30 miles of trails here will testify to that.

The entire trail system, with loop possibilities ideal for day hikers, is special enough to have been designated a National Recreation Trail. And when darkness comes, you will find that the campground was seemingly designed with tent campers in mind. The 30-site campground is set on a ridge above Dismal Branch. This rolling backdrop offers vertical variation to your camping opportunities.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Selmer
Campsites: 30
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Boating, Fishing, Hiking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: 731-645-7967 tnstateparks.com
Fees per Night: $13
Facilities: Hot showers, water spigots;  bathhouse closed November–February
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Hill Pond State Park Campground

Recent Trail Reviews

11/28/2017
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Great place for an October Hike. Lots of loops that you can put together for a hike of various lengths. Azalea Trail south from The Dismal Swamp Boardwalk was hard to find. It is just up the hill from the East end of the boardwalk and heads south to the RR tracks. Proceed east along the tracks to the road and cross over tracks. Trail picks up behind the sign and map if you want to go Counterclockwise. Side trail to Big Spring shelter was difficult to see, No sign, but you will see a rock stairway/path heading up a steep hill. Access water in Dismal creek, but be prepared to let the silt settle or be prepared to clog your water filters.



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May 2018