Come Explore the Cumberland Plateau

Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features and has been developed to provide visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.


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First Annual Photo Contest

We want to see the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area through your eyes! Get your entry forms here!

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Trip Planning

Find the perfect trail for your adventure by starting here.

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Ghost Train

Join the National Park Service in cooperation with the Big South Fork Scenic Railway for the fourth annual Ghost Train on Saturday, September 5, 2015.

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Storytelling Festival

The Storytelling Festival will be on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The event features crafts, music and storytelling throughout the day.

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Get to know us and the jobs that we do.

Be a Part of Our Team!

Get to know us and the jobs that we do.

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Horseback Trails

There are 200 miles of horse trails for you to explore at Big South Fork. Enjoy overlooks, quiet streams, wildflowers and even a backcountry lodge.

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Camping at Bandy Creek


Do you enjoy camping in the outdoors by tent or RV? Bandy Creek and Blue Heron Campgrounds offer water and electric hook-ups and hot water showers.

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Kayaking on the river.

Challenging Rapids

Kayaking and Canoeing the Big South Fork River can be quite challenging. Navigated the free-flowing river in early spring when water levels are high.

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