Big South Fork with its long and rich cultural history is home to many stories, tales and legends. While almost all the stories told contain some degree of truth and authenticity many of the tales and legends from the region are probability more fiction then fact.
There is a local legend which has been told in this area for years concerning drilling for salt brine and the naming of a rapids on the Big South Fork River near the Blue Heron Mining Community. Within this legend is combined a dash of truth and a large dose of fiction. It is the Legend of Devil's Jump.
The Sesquincentennial of the American Civil War is being commemorated by the National Park Service over a period of five years beginning in 2011. Compelling stories of places and events that occurred during this conflict will be shared at many park areas. Some of Big South Fork's stories can be quite personal in nature. We Just Wanted to be Left Alone is one ficticious person's account of this area's Civil War stories.
Did You Know?
In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.