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January 27, 2016
Big South Fork NRRA Announces Fourth Grade Student Art Contest
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, fourth grade classrooms and students are invited to participate in an art contest at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area to earn their Every Kid in a Park Pass.

January 15, 2016
Big South Fork and Obed Parks Host Science Meeting on April 20
The overall goal of the public meeting is to facilitate an increased understanding of the ecosystems of the parks, enhance communication and collaboration among researchers and the public, and encourage future scientific investigations.

January 13, 2016
Cumberland Plateau Music Program featuring Leonard Anderson, Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, Crossville, TN. Saturday, January 16th
Come listen and sing along to Americana music at its best.

January 12, 2016
Centennial Challenge Healthy Hike: Gobblers Knob Trail, January 30
Join Ranger Mary Grimm at the Gobblers Knob Trailhead located off the Divide Road.

January 12, 2016
Big South Fork Centennial Challenge: 100 Miles for 100 Years
From January 1 through December 2, participants will have a great opportunity to get out and experience many of the unique cultural and natural features of this park along their 100-mile journeys.

December 29, 2015
Crafters and Volunteers Invited to Participate in the 16th Annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival
Traditional arts and crafts as well as music will be included as part of the festival throughout the day.

December 24, 2015
Celebrate New Year’s Day Mountain Biking at Big South Fork
This January 1 will be a special ride since it will take place on the first day of the National Park Service Centennial year.

December 22, 2015
Free Camping at Big South Fork and Obed on January 18 Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
On Monday, January 18, Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR will be observing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday by authorizing one night of free camping at the Alum Ford Campground (Big South Fork) and Rock Creek Campground (Obed) as well as for all backcountry permits.

December 17, 2015
Big South Fork Seeks Musicians for Spring Planting & Music Festival
Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area is seeking volunteer musical acts interested in performing at the 16th annual Big South Fork Spring Planting and Music Festival event scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016.

December 08, 2015
Birds of Prey Program on December 16 in Crossville
This program will feature live birds and will give visitors a chance to see them up close in a controlled environment.

December 04, 2015
Trail Keeper Volunteer Program Expanded at Big South Fork
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area’s Trail Keepers program is a volunteer partnership for people who love the park’s trails and want to help take care of them. The goal of the program is to provide an extended presence in the backcountry, and at the same time, provide the Big South Fork’s staff with information on trail conditions.

December 02, 2015
Story Time with McKenzie the Owl on December 19 at Bandy Creek Visitor Center
Enjoy an afternoon of children's books about owls read by Ranger Grimm.

December 01, 2015
Long-time Big South Fork Ranger Howard Duncan to Retire
National Park Service Ranger Howard Duncan will retire on December 31, 2015, after 30 years at Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area.

November 25, 2015
Traditional Appalachian Christmas Music Interpretive Program at the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor Center
Enjoy an afternoon of old fashioned Christmas carols to celebrate the upcoming season!

October 15, 2015
Ticket to Ride a huge Success at Big South Fork
Urban fifth graders from Russell Cave, and Southern Elementary Schools, located in Kentucky, recently completed their visits to Big South Fork NRRA in October. Big South Fork was awarded the Ticket to Ride grant the for this spring.

September 16, 2015
Hog Hunting Permits for Big South Fork and Obed Go on Sale Starting September 26
A valid hunting license is required to purchase the permit.

September 14, 2015
Big South Fork’s Inaugural Photo Contest Winners Announced
The 2015 winning photos are currently on display at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

July 14, 2015
National Park Service Launches Kentucky National Park Pentathlon
The Pentathlon is in recognition of the NPS 2016 Centennial.

June 26, 2015
Former CCC Worker Shares Experiences with YCC Crew
On June 18, 2015, former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) worker, Oscar Odom was the featured guest for “Experience Your Park – A Day on the Trail,” a special park event that showcased the work by Big South Fork’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) crews.

April 23, 2015
2014 Tourism to Big South Fork NRRA Created $17.5 Million in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service report shows that approximately 600,000 visitors to Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in 2014, spent $17.5 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 242 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy.

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