Laws & Policies
The following listing of basic park regulations covers some of the most common questions visitors to Big South Fork may have.
Natural and Cultural Features
The harassing, injuring, or killing of any wildlife is prohibited. Help wildlife remain wild by never feeding any animal.
Possessing, destroying, injuring, defacing, removing, digging, or otherwise disturbing cultural and archeological resources is prohibited.
Driving in Big South Fork
During hunting season, a dog that is actively following game does not have to be leashed. However, when entering a designated Safety Zone hunting dogs must be restrained on a leash, crated or caged.
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state and local laws, to legally possess firearms in this park.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit these state website's:
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances. For further information please follow the link below.
When camping in a developed area such as a campground, place coolers, grills, cooking utensils, horse feed, any food not in use, and anything with food odors inside the locked compartment of a vehicle or trailer. Keep a clean campsite, wipe off picnic tables, grills, and discard aluminum foil used for cooking. Avoid burning garbage in fire rings because it will leave behind grease and food scrapes.
If camping in the backcountry, use the standard method of hanging your backpacks and food sacks between two tall trees. The packs should be in the center of the two trees in cast the bear tries to climb the tree and reach for the packs. Any food not in use should be stored in this manner while in the backcountry.
Service-wide policy for the National Park Service is developed by the Office of Policy with public input and in accordance with applicable laws. Policies dictate many of the overall directions and procedures used by all parks. More...
The Code of Federal Regulations 36 CFR parts 1-199 and the Park Compendium provide a complete listing of park rules and regulations. These most specific rules are developed with public input to implement applicable law.
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.