• Glowing sunset view from overlook - Photo by Jason Barnett Photography

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Celebrate National Park Week

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News Release Date: April 5, 2012
Contact: Howard Duncan, 423-569-9778

America's National Parks have been called our nation's best idea. Each year during National Park Week we recognize the areas that have been set aside to preserve the special places and stories that have shaped our country. In celebration of National Park Week, the National Park Service is extending an invitation to visit Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Spring is a wonderful time to get outside, enjoy the good weather and observe the beautiful display that nature provides each year. Whether you hike, ride a horse, canoe the rivers, bicycle or simply choose a quiet spot to relax, these two areas provide an amazing variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  

For more information about recreational opportunities at either park, contact Big South Fork's Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275 or the Obed Visitor Center at (423) 346-6294.

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.