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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday is a Fee Free Day at Big South Fork

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News Release Date: January 13, 2014
Contact: Letitia Neal, 423-569-9778
Contact: Dave Carney, 423-569-9778

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be observing Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday on Monday January 20th by authorizing free backcountry camping permits and one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground.  Take advantage of the cool weather to camp out with no bugs and humidity!  For more information about the fee waivers, you may call the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at (423) 286-7275.

Other Fee Free Days during 2014 include February 15-17 to commemorate Presidents Day weekend, April 19-20 to celebrate the opening weekend of National Park Week, August 25 to celebrate National Park Service Birthday, September 27 to observe National Public Lands Day, and November 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Did You Know?

Devils Jump Rapid is just below the site of the proposed dam.

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.