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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Big South Fork celebrates National Public Lands Day on Saturday September 28th

Alum Ford Campground

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News Release Date: September 17, 2013
Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778
Contact: Dave Carney, 423-569-9778

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be celebrating National Public Lands Day on Saturday September 28th by authorizing one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground and free backcountry camping permits.  Other events that will be taking place during the day are the ribbon cutting ceremonies for the official opening of the Kentucky Mountain Bike Trails at 10:00 a.m. EDT and the improved Proctor Ridge Trail at 1:00 p.m. EDT.  National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event in which eight federal agencies as well as other groups partner together to maintain and protect the environment.More information can be found at www.publiclandsday.org.

For more information, you may call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or the Blue Heron Interpretation Center at (606) 376-3787.

Did You Know?

Park interpreter presents program on Longhunters.

Longhunters were some of the first Europeans to traverse the Big South Fork region. It is said they were called longhunters either for the long rifles they carried or because the were typically gone on hunting trips for so long, sometimes up to a year.