Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area was authorized by Congress on March 7, 1974. At that time the park was the first unit in the National Park System to be designated as a National River and a National Recreation Area.
Legislative boundaries for Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area allow for the protection of 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau. Approximately 116,000 acres are currently owned by the Department of the Interior.
Based on current visitation and using the Money Generation Model developed by Michigan State University, Big South Fork contributes over $10 million dollars yearly to local economies.
$4.424 million base budget in Fiscal Year 2011.
Big South Fork contains 3 general campgrounds with 233 sites, 97 with water and electric hook-ups, 100 tent sites and 36 sites in group camping. In addition there are 2 equestrian campgrounds having 49 sites with water, electric and stalls.
141 miles of hiking trails, 182 miles of horse trails and 24 miles of mountain bike trails
121 total, 20 paved and 101 unpaved
244.13 miles of streams.
Approximately 48 permanent and 25 seasonal employees.
325 volunteers donated 10,127 hours in Fiscal Year 2011.