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  • Type:
  • Loop

  • Difficulty:
  • Medium

  • Scenery Ranking:
  • 3/5

  • Accessibility:
  • Easily Accessible

  • Trail Maintenance:
  • Fairly Maintained

  • Facilities:
  • Picnic Area
  • Boat Ramp
  • Restrooms
  • Camping


Big Hill Pond State Park is a 5,000 acre park located in Pocahontas, Tennessee. It features swampy bottom lands along with a scenic lake. Big Hill Pond has several miles of hiking trails throughout the park.

Trail Head

Trail heads are located throughout different areas of the park. You can obtain a map at the office area with the locations.

To access the trail head: Follow the map obtained from the park office.


I rate these trails a medium due to the fact some of them are not as well maintained as others and because of the distance.

Hiking the Trail

For my hike I chose part of the Big Hill Pond trail, the Azaela Springs Loop trail, and the Boardwalk across the swamp. There are several miles of trails to choose from. If you walk the boardwalk be careful as there are a few spots where the railing has been broken. Part of the Azaela Springs loop will take you alongside the lake there. The Big Hill Pond trail takes you to the Big Hill Pond which is another swampy bottom land forest area.


The lake is there is nice. You will also get to see Cyprus trees out in the swamp areas.

Trail Maintenance

Some of the trails could use some maintenance, however, they are still passable. The Big Hill Pond trail has some footbridges that our no longer usable, but you shouldn't have much trouble crossing.


Big Hill Pond has a campground, boat ramp, and picnic area.