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July 11, 2014
Historic Rugby and Crossville National Park Passport Stamps Now Available
They will be available starting Saturday, July 12th.

July 07, 2014
Upcoming Public Scoping Meetings to Discuss Contaminated Mine Lands Drainage at Big South Fork
The first meeting will be on Monday, July 14th.

June 25, 2014
New Comfort Station Now Open at Station Camp
The new comfort station is accessible to mobility impaired visitors.

June 24, 2014
Crafters and Volunteers Invited to Participate in the 22nd Annual Storytelling Festival at Big South Fork
All applications need to be received no later than Friday, September 5th.

June 18, 2014
Public Scoping Meetings to Discuss Contaminated Mine Lands Drainage at Big South Fork
The NPS will be conducting three public meetings in the local area.

June 17, 2014
Astronomy Program at Bandy Creek on Saturday, June 28
Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. (ET)

June 17, 2014
Big South Fork’s First Archeologist to Retire at the End of the Month
Tom has worked at the Big South Fork for more than 28 years.

June 16, 2014
Grand Opening of Rugby’s Big South Fork Visitor Contact Station on June 21
Event will be held at noon (ET).

June 09, 2014
Whose Track Is It? An Interpretive Program at Bandy Creek Campground, Saturday, June 14
Come and enjoy this kid-friendly interpretive program with Park Ranger Miriam Matthias

June 03, 2014
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Observes Tennessee and Kentucky Free Fishing Days
Saturday, June 7, is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee.

May 29, 2014
Cemetery Visit Assistance Offered by Big South Fork
Assistance will be provided on Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7.

May 29, 2014
Big South Fork Offers Ranger-Led Programs Almost Every Day Through Labor Day Weekend
Throughout this summer, rangers will be leading weekly hikes and conducting 20-minute porch talks daily.

May 19, 2014
Nocturnal Animals of the Big South Fork: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, May 24
This program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. (ET) at the Blue Heron Campground.

May 19, 2014
Yahoo Falls Nature Hike: An Interpretive Hike Starting from Yahoo Falls Parking Area, Sunday, May 25
This fun, fact-filled hike begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. (ET) on Sunday, May 25, at the Yahoo Falls parking area.

May 15, 2014
Astronomy Programs at Bandy Creek, Big South Fork, on Saturday, May 24
Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee will be presenting two special astronomy programs on Saturday, May 24th.

May 15, 2014
Celebrate National Trails Day at Big South Fork on Saturday, June 7
The event will be held on the Middle Creek Nature Loop at 8:30 a.m. EDT

May 13, 2014
Big South Fork Hosts Conservation Planning Information Session on Tuesday, May 20th
The program information session will be at the Bandy Creek Interpretation and Education Building starting at 5:00 p.m. ET

May 13, 2014
Concessionaire Selected to Run Charit Creek Lodge
J. Frank Moore, III has been awarded a ten year concession contract starting June 18, 2014

May 09, 2014
Endangered Species Day Hike at Twin Arches on Saturday, May 17
The hike begins at 10:00 a.m. (CT)

May 09, 2014
Join Park Geologist on May 17 to Discover Fossils and Prehistoric Environments of the Big South Fork
The hike begins at the Leatherwood Ford gazebo at 10:00 a.m. (ET)

April 25, 2014
Big South Fork Receives a 2014 America's Best Idea Grant
For the second consecutive year, the Big South Fork has been awarded a substantial grant from the National Park Foundation.

April 23, 2014
National Park Service to Conduct Walks for Wildflower Discovery Weekend May 2 and 3
Pre-registration is required and group size is limited.

April 23, 2014
Big South Fork Hosts Conservation Planning Information Session on May 20
The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the RTCA program to the communities surrounding the Big South Fork and the Obed Wild and Scenic River

April 22, 2014
Natural and Cultural Resource Talks at Spring Planting Event
The talks will be presented from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.

April 21, 2014
Share Your Big South Fork Heritage for the Ages Opportunity to Copy Historic Photos 2014
Bring us copies of the old home place, the family photos and the outings.

April 14, 2014
Big South Fork to Celebrate National Park Week 2014
National Park Week will kick off with free backcountry camping permits as well as free camping at Alum Ford Campground.

April 10, 2014
Big South Fork Announces April 26 as Junior Ranger Day
The Big South Fork is extending a special invitation to young visitors to learn about the history of early farming in the area.

April 09, 2014
Grand Opening of the Gateway to the Big South Fork Visitor Center in Crossville
Open house all day Thursday April 17th.

April 08, 2014
Big South Fork to Update Fee Rate for Bandy Creek Group Camps
The new fee will become effective on Thursday, May 1, 2014.

April 08, 2014
Join Park Botanist on April 12 to Discover the Wildflowers of the Big South Fork
Hike along the Angel Falls Overlook Trail to the Fall Branch Bridge.

April 03, 2014
Big South Fork Scenic Railway to Resume Seasonal Train Schedule to the Blue Heron Mining Community
The Scenic Railway resumes its train schedule into the park April 3, 2014.

March 28, 2014
Big South Fork Seeking Farmers Interested in Leasing Hay Fields
The park is making some fields available for hay production.

March 25, 2014
Spring Prescribed Fires to Begin in Big South Fork
During the burns some park roads and trails may be closed temporarily for visitor safety.

March 19, 2014
Share Your Big South Fork Heritage for the Ages: Opportunity to Copy Historic Photos
Bring us copies of the old home place, the family photos and the outings.

March 18, 2014
Spring Planting Festival to be Held April 26 at Big South Fork
The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.

March 17, 2014
Brewster Bridge Area Clean Up on Saturday, March 22
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time).

March 17, 2014
Big South Fork to Staff Information Centers in Rugby, Tennessee, and Stearns, Kentucky, this Summer
Visitor centers to be open holidays and weekends from Memorial Day until Labor Day.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to the Big South Fork Creates $17 Million in Economic Benefit
The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists for the National Park Service.

February 27, 2014
Vendors Sought to Provide Hay Rides at Bandy Creek this Year
Riding in a wagon was once the way of life in the old days.

February 25, 2014
Sherry Fritschi to Retire on March 31 from the National Park Service
A 19-year federal employee who has worked at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area since 2000.

February 20, 2014
Bandy Creek Pool to Open this Summer
The pool will be open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

February 19, 2014
Big South Fork is Currently Seeking Snack Vendor for Pool
Snack stand to be open on Saturdays and/or Sundays throughout the summer.

February 19, 2014
Big South Fork Announces Opening Schedule for Park Campgrounds
All camping facilities will open on Tuesday, April 1st

February 13, 2014
Brewster Bridge Area Clean Up Day on March 22
Join us on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

February 06, 2014
Celebrate President’s Day Weekend with Big South Fork NRRA
Free camping for backcountry camping permits and Alum Ford Campground.

February 03, 2014
New Trails Volunteer Program Unveiled at the Big South Fork
The program is being launched first for the trails in the Kentucky side of the park.

January 28, 2014
Wildflower Discovery Weekend on May 2-3, 2014
Hikes are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday.

January 13, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday is a Fee Free Day at Big South Fork
This is the first fee free day of 2014.

November 25, 2013
Legends of the Cumberland Plateau Program At Bandy Creek on Saturday, November 30
Learn how stories get started and hear legends that take place on or near the land that became the Big South Fork!

November 18, 2013
Old World Traditions, New World Homes: The Oscar Blevins Farm; an Interpretive Program at Oscar Blevins Farm, Saturday, November 23
This informative program is scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m. EST

November 04, 2013
O&W Volunteer Clean Up and Cook Out on Saturday, November 9
Start the day at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time, by signing up at the park entrance on the O&W Road

October 29, 2013
New Site Visit Date for Persons Interested in Operating Charit Creek Lodge within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Interested persons may see the prospectus on the internet or get a printed prospectus package.

October 25, 2013
Legends of the Cumberland Plateau Program at Bandy Creek on Saturday, October 26
The program will take place at 10:30 a.m. (EDT)

October 22, 2013
Volunteer Clean Up of the O&W Road on Saturday, November 9
A clean-up day to focus on the O&W Road.

October 21, 2013
Big South Fork Announces Some Fees Waived for Veterans Day Weekend
Free camping at Alum Ford Campground and free backcountry permits for these dates.

October 21, 2013
Big South Fork Announces 2013 Winter Schedule For Park Facilities
The Big South Fork has a great deal to offer during the winter months.

October 17, 2013
Cultural Heritage Days at the Blue Heron Mining Community, Saturday, October 19 & 26
All events are free and begin each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. ET.

October 17, 2013
Walk to the Katie Blevins Cemetery, Big South Fork, on Saturday, October 19
Participants will also have the opportunity to tell a story about family traditions.

October 17, 2013
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Welcomes Everyone Back
This is a perfect time to hike, ride, and enjoy the outdoors.

September 26, 2013
Volunteer Clean Up of the O&W Road on Saturday, November 2
Start the day at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Time

September 19, 2013
Hog Hunting Permits Go On Sale Starting Saturday, September 28
Hogs may be hunted from September 28, 2013, through February 28, 2014.

September 18, 2013
Big South Fork Proposes Fee Updates for Bandy Creek Swimming Pool
The goal of the park is to reopen the pool in 2014.

September 18, 2013
Solicitation for a Concession Contract to Operate an Overnight Rustic Lodging Service within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) January 8, 2014.

September 18, 2013
Volunteers Needed for Big South Fork National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 28
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event.

September 17, 2013
Big South Fork celebrates National Public Lands Day on Saturday September 28th
National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest, single-day volunteer event.

September 16, 2013
National Public Lands Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for an Improved Proctor Ridge Trail in Tennessee on Saturday, September 28
The ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m. EDT at the Proctor Ridge Trail entry.

September 10, 2013
Early Alert for an Opportunity to Operate an Overnight Rustic Lodging Service within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
The prospectus will be posted by September 24th.

September 09, 2013
Twenty-First Annual “Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival to be held Saturday, September 21, at Big South Fork
The day's events will begin at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).

September 04, 2013
Big South Fork Proposes Fee Changes for Bandy Creek Group Camps
Comments or questions about the proposed price change are welcomed.

August 30, 2013
Grand Gap Loop to be Temporarily Closed on September 28 Morning Due to Special Event
Trail will be closed to bicycle riders from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT.

August 30, 2013
National Public Lands Day Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for a New Mountain Bike Trail in Kentucky on Saturday, September 28
The ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. EDT at the Ledbetter Trailhead.

August 28, 2013
Cultural Heritage Days at the Blue Heron Mining Community Every Saturday in October
All events are free and begin each Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

August 26, 2013
Back Porch Program on the Civil War at the Big South Fork on Saturday, August 31
This program will focus on the impact that the Civil War had on the area.

August 26, 2013
Tree Walk in Bandy Creek Area, Big South Fork NRRA, on Sunday, September 1
Visitors will learn about alternate and opposite branching and compound and simple leaves.

August 26, 2013
Bluegrass Music Concert at Bandy Creek, Big South Fork NRRA, on Saturday, August 31
Great Day in the Morning and The Hughett Family will be performing.

August 22, 2013
Tell Us Your Story at the Big South Fork Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival, Saturday, September 21, 2013
Come and share your own stories of living, playing or working in the park.

August 14, 2013
The Wild Hog: Domestication in Reverse Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, August 24
Ranger Alan Bowlin will present this evening program at 7:30 p.m.

August 14, 2013
Understanding Snakes: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, August 17
Join NPS Ranger Raymond Little at the Blue Heron campground campfire circle

August 08, 2013
Beginnings of the National Park Service Program at Bandy Creek Campground on Saturday, August 17
Join Ranger Dustin Beaty to learn about the establishment of the Big South Fork.

August 01, 2013
Guided Hike to a Big South Fork Rock Shelter on Sunday, August 11
The hike will begin at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) on the front porch of the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

July 30, 2013
August 3, Saturday Morning River Safety Program at the Big South Fork Bandy Creek Visitor Center
People of all ages can learn tips for staying safe while paddling.

July 30, 2013
Photography Program at Oscar Blevins Farm, Big South Fork, on Saturday, August 3
Visitors will learn quick and easy tips for all photography levels.

July 29, 2013
Astronomy Program at Big South Fork, August 10, 2013
Paul Lewis will describe which objects to look for in the night sky of August.

July 26, 2013
Big South Fork Celebrates National Park Service’s 97th Birthday on August 25
Celebrate with one night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground or a free backcountry permit for the day.

July 26, 2013
Blue Heron Ghost Train: Storytelling Event at the Blue Heron Mining Community, Saturday, September 7
Make plans now to attend the Third Annual Blue Heron Ghost Train Storytelling program.

July 25, 2013
Big South Fork Youth Conservation Corps
Eight students from McCreary County High School were selected to work on the YCC project this summer.

July 24, 2013
Understanding Snakes: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, August 3
Join NPS Ranger Raymond Little at the campfire circle on Saturday Evening.

July 22, 2013
Wildlife Myths Program at Bandy Creek Campfire Circle, Big South Fork NRRA, on Saturday, July 27
People of all ages can learn how to keep safe while hiking.

July 22, 2013
Live Snake Program at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, July 27
Visitors will have the opportunity to see a live corn snake and a live black rat snake.

July 16, 2013
The Wild Hog: Domestication in Reverse Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, July 27
Come learn how this domesticated free-roaming animal of centuries past got here.

July 15, 2013
Bear on the Plateau: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, July 20
This is a program about Big South Fork's largest mammal: American Black Bear

July 15, 2013
Legends of the Cumberland Plateau Program at Bandy Creek Campfire Circle on Saturday, July 20
Visitors will learn how stories get started and hear legends.

July 15, 2013
Guided Hike to a Big South Fork Rock Shelter on Sunday, July 21
The hike will begin at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).

July 11, 2013
Twenty-First Annual Big South Fork Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival Scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2013
The day's events will feature storytelling, craft demonstrations, workshops and sales of craft items.

July 11, 2013
Big South Fork Visitor Use Survey Report Now Available
The park partnered with the University of Idaho to conduct a systematic random sample of visitor groups at 11 locations.

July 08, 2013
Scavenger Hunt at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Join Ranger Dustin Beaty for an exciting and fun filled scavenger hunt!

July 08, 2013
Guided Photography Hike at Bandy Creek on Saturday, July 13
Visitors will learn quick and easy tips for all photography levels.

July 08, 2013
White Nose Syndrome Plagues Hibernating Bats: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, July 13, 7:30 p.m.
This exotic fungal disease is responsible for the death of millions of native species of hibernating bats.

June 24, 2013
White Nose Syndrome Plagues Hibernating Bats: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, June 29, 7:30 p.m.
Ranger Alan Bowlin will present this evening activity at 7:30 p.m.

June 24, 2013
For The Love of Bugs: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, July 6
Join Ranger Bill Herman at the Blue Heron campfire circle at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)

June 24, 2013
Walk to the Katie Blevins Cemetery at Big South Fork on Saturday, July 6
Please meet at the Bandy Creek Trailhead at 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

June 24, 2013
Saturday Morning Black Bear Program at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center on July 6th
Learn how to keep safe in bear habitat.

June 24, 2013
Tree Walk in the Vicinity of the Bandy Creek Visitor Center, Big South Fork NRRA, on Sunday, July 7
Participants should meet at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center for an easy walk in the vicinity.

June 21, 2013
Bear on the Plateau: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, June 22
This fun, fact-filled evening activity begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

June 19, 2013
“Tracking Through the Wild” at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, June 29
The program will be held at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 10:30 a.m.

June 19, 2013
Astronomy Program at Big South Fork Saturday, June 29, 2013
Paul Lewis will describe which objects to look for in the night sky of June.

June 12, 2013
Exotic and Invasive Plant Control Seminar to be Held at Big South Fork on June 27
The seminar is open to the public.

June 11, 2013
Legends of the Cumberland Plateau Program at Bandy Creek Campfire Circle on Saturday, June 22
Join us at the campfire circle at 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

June 11, 2013
For The Love of Bugs: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, June 15
Meet us at the Blue Heron campfire circle at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)

June 11, 2013
Wildlife Myths Program at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, June 15
This program will be held on the back porch of the Bandy Creek Visitor Center.

June 05, 2013
Saturday, June 15, Evening Black Bear Program at Bandy Creek Campground
Bandy Creek Campground on Saturday, June 15, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT)

June 03, 2013
Guided Hike to a Big South Fork Rock Shelter on Saturday, June 22
The hike will begin at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center

May 31, 2013
Big South Fork to Host National Trails Day Event on Saturday, June 1
The event will be held on the Oscar Blevins Loop and Duncan Hollow Bike Trails

May 29, 2013
National Park Service Announces Selection of Local Teachers for Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Pam Clark and Jeff Kidd have been selected to work with the National Park Service.

May 29, 2013
Hooked on Fishing Program at Leatherwood Ford on Saturday, June 8
Meet Ranger Dustin Beaty at Leatherwood Ford on Saturday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

May 29, 2013
White Nose Syndrome Plagues Hibernating Bats Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, June 8
Ranger Alan Bowlin will present this evening activity on June 8, at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

May 29, 2013
Crafters and Volunteers Invited to Participate in the 21st Annual Storytelling Festival at Big South Fork
All applications need to be received by Friday, September 6th.

May 23, 2013
Bear on the Plateau: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, June 1
Come and enjoy an evening outdoors with Ranger Debby Zimmerman.

May 22, 2013
Live Snake Program at Bandy Creek Campfire Circle on Saturday, June 1
Visitors will have the opportunity to see a live corn snake and a live black rat snake.

May 21, 2013
Bandy Creek Pool will be Closed for 2013
The park is evaluating ways to possibly open the pool for the 2014 season.

May 20, 2013
Mountain Biking Program at Bandy Creek on Saturday, May 25
Joe Cross will be presenting a mountain bike talk.

May 20, 2013
Big South Fork Receives 2013 America’s Best Idea Grant From the National Park Foundation
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is one of 34 national parks across the country selected to receive the award.

May 20, 2013
Storytelling Hour at Bandy Creek on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27
Shirley Nicholson will be telling stories for children of all ages.

May 20, 2013
For The Love of Bugs: An Interpretive Program at Blue Heron Campground, Saturday, May 25
Join NPS Ranger Bill Herman at the Blue Heron Campground Campfire Circle at 7:30 p.m. (EDT)

May 17, 2013
Evening Black Bear Program at Bandy Creek Campground on Saturday, May 25th
Learn how you can keep yourself safe and the bears out of trouble

May 06, 2013
Astronomy Programs at Bandy Creek, Saturday, May 18
Paul Lewis from the University of Tennessee and Big South Fork astronomy volunteers will be giving presentations all day.

May 06, 2013
Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Hughett Presents School Programs at Fairview Elementary for National Park Week
Lounicia worked at Big South Fork during the summer of 2012.

April 30, 2013
Big South Fork Announces Birding Walk at Bandy Creek on Saturday, May 11
Meet at the Bandy Creek Visitor Center at 8:00 a.m. EDT

April 30, 2013
Coffee with a Ranger Program at Bandy Creek Visitor Center on Saturday, May 4
From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time

April 19, 2013
Spring Planting Festival to be Held Saturday, April 27, at Big South Fork
The event starts at 9:00 a.m. EDT and is free of charge.

April 17, 2013
Big South Fork Spring Planting Festival to Feature Antique Tractor Show on Saturday, April 27
The event starts at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

April 15, 2013
Bring Your Kids to Celebrate National Junior Ranger Day at Big South Fork!
Meet at the Bandy Creek hiking trailhead at 10:00 a.m. ET

April 15, 2013
Big South Fork celebrates National Park Week
The celebration starts this Saturday!

April 08, 2013
Vacation Volunteers Come to Big South Fork to Work on Trails
Join us in June for this exciting event!

April 08, 2013
What’s Happening at Big South Fork, April 12 and 13
Programs wil be offerred this upcoming weekend

April 01, 2013
Ranger Program on Fire Ecology on Saturday, April 6, at Bandy Creek
Saturday April 6th

March 18, 2013
Vendors and Crafters Needed for Spring Planting Festival on Saturday, April 27th at Big South Fork
Application deadline is Friday, April 19th.

March 14, 2013
Camping Facilities are Open for Use in Big South Fork
Camping facilities open at the end of the month

March 14, 2013
Prescribed Fires to Begin in Big South Fork NRRA This Month
Fires will occur at locations in both Kentucky and Tennessee.

March 06, 2013
Yahoo Falls Wildflower Hike Saturday, March 30, 2013
The hike will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time

February 26, 2013
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Tourism Creates $26,116,000 in Local Economic Benefit: Part of $30 billion impact that supports 252,000 jobs nationwide
This spending supported 388 jobs in the local area.

February 25, 2013
Art Reception at Obed Visitor Center on Friday, March 1
The reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

February 14, 2013
National Park Service Begins Pilot Project to Assess Wagon Use on the O&W Trail
During the pilot project, wagon use will be restricted to Monday through Friday only.

February 07, 2013
Parks Establish Artist-In-Residence Program
Penny Otwell has been selected as the first artist-in-residence

February 07, 2013
Big South Fork’s Tom Blount Receives Top Southeastern Award for Natural Resource Management
The award is in recognition of the development of a comprehensive minerals management program at Big South Fork and Obed

January 28, 2013
Prescribed Spring Burning to Begin in Big South Fork NRRA
Burns to occur at locations in both Kentucky and Tennessee

January 23, 2013
Big South Fork Backcountry and Wild Hog Hunting Permits Now Available Online
Visitors now have unlimited access to purchase a permit

January 14, 2013
Big South Fork Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday on Monday, January 21st
One night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground and backcountry permits

January 11, 2013
Big South Fork Bandy Creek Stable and Camp Store Contract Awarded
Contract was awarded to Bobby Gene and Gretta York of Jamestown, Tennessee

January 07, 2013
Volunteering for the National Park Service
There are many opportunities available

November 09, 2012
Big South Fork and Obed Oil and Gas Management Plan Summary Now Available
A short summary document is available

November 05, 2012
Haunting in the Hills Student Art Contest Reception on Saturday November 10th
Reception will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

November 05, 2012
Big South Fork Has Vacancy Announcement for an Electrician
Vacancy closes on November 16th

October 31, 2012
Big South Fork Honored As An International Mountain Biking Destination
Big South Fork is the first national park unit in the United States to receive the elite Epic Ride designation

October 30, 2012
Big South Fork Announces Winter Schedule for Park Facilities
New hours for visitor center take effect after the weekend

October 29, 2012
Big South Fork Sponsors Haunting in the Hills Student Art Contest and Reception
Contest deadline is Thursday November 8th

October 16, 2012
National Park Service Announces That Some Fees are to be Waived for Veterans Day Weekend
November 10 through 12

October 15, 2012
National Park Service Celebrates National Fossil Day
Wednesday October 17th

October 03, 2012
Big South Fork to Host Cultural Heritage Month at Blue Heron in October
Events will take place every Saturday in October

September 26, 2012
Astronomy Programs at Big South Fork Saturday October 6th
Two special programs will be presented

September 21, 2012
Big South Fork Celebrates National Public Lands Day on Saturday September 29
Contact us to see how you can take part of this event

September 21, 2012
National Park Service Honors Big South Fork and Obed Employee for Excellence
Archeologist Tom Des Jean received the award for Cultural Resource Management

September 20, 2012
Grand Gap Loop to be Temporarily Closed to Bicycles Due to Special Event
Trail will be closed to bicycle riders until noon

September 11, 2012
Temporary Closure of Proctor Ridge Horse Trail
Beginning September 13th

September 10, 2012
Twentieth Annual “Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival to be held Saturday, September 15th at Bandy Creek
The day's events start at 10:00 a.m. EDT

August 31, 2012
Blue Heron Ghost Train Scheduled for Saturday September 8th
Event will begin at the Big South Fork Scenic Railway

August 30, 2012
Visitor Use Surveys at Big South Fork and Obed
To be done in each park during September

August 28, 2012
Public is Invited to Meeting to Discuss Transportation and Recreational Access in the Park
Wednesday August 29th at 4 p.m. ET

August 22, 2012
Interpretive Programs for September 2012
Come out and enjoy a day with us

August 22, 2012
One Week Temporary Closure of Yellow Cliff Horse Trail
Beginning August 27th

August 20, 2012
20th Annual Storytelling Events Scheduled for Saturday September 15th
Events start at 10:00 a.m. ET

August 16, 2012
Conservation Corps Crew Finishes Their 2012 Assignment
A crew of eight students from one of the local high schools was selected

August 08, 2012
UPDATE One Week Temporary Closure of Big Island Horse Trails
Beginning August 13th

August 08, 2012
Big South Fork Staff Participate in the Feds Feed Families 2012 Campaign
Over 220 pounds of food and other needed items were donated

August 08, 2012
Public Invited to Meeting to Discuss Transportation and Recreational Access in the Park
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, August 29th

August 01, 2012
Major Vandalism at Yahoo Falls Parking Lot
This is the third time in the past year

August 01, 2012
Vendors Wanted for Big South Fork NRRA's 20th Storytelling Festival
Deadline for applications is Friday September 7th

August 01, 2012
Big South Fork Announces Lifting of Restrictions on Backcountry Fires
Recent rains have helped

July 31, 2012
Bandy Creek Pool to be Closed Weekdays Starting August 13
Come enjoy the pool on the weekends

July 30, 2012
Interpretive Programs for August 2012
A series of day and evening programs will be offered

July 19, 2012
Final Oil and Gas Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement Released
for Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR

July 18, 2012
Site Visit Meeting on July 26 for Persons Interested in Operating a Stable and Camp Store within Big South Fork
Proposals are due September 14, 2012

July 13, 2012
One Week Temporary Closure of Big Island Horse Trails Postponed
Future closure dates will be announced soon.

July 03, 2012
Public Comment Sought on the Development of a Cumberland Parks Forest Pest Management Plan Environmental Assessment
Comments due by August 1, 2012

July 03, 2012
One Week Temporary Closure of Big Island Horse Trails
Beginning Monday July 16th

July 03, 2012
Solicitation for a Concession Contract to Operate a Stable and Camp Store within Big South Fork
Deadline is September 14, 2012

July 02, 2012
Big South Fork Announces Restrictions on Backcountry Fires
Fire Ban in Effect Until Further Notice

July 02, 2012
Interpretive Programs for July 2012
A series of day and evening programs throughout the month

June 22, 2012
Bandy Creek Pool to be Closed June 26 and 27
Due to limited staffing

June 07, 2012
Expanded Shared Use on Grand Gap Loop Trail
Enjoy spectacular views along this trail

June 06, 2012
Big South Fork Celebrates Get Outdoors Day
Saturday June 9th

June 04, 2012
Free Fishing Day 2012
Saturday June 9th

May 25, 2012
Pool Open On Limited Hours June 13 and 14
Hours will be 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET on June 13 and 14

May 22, 2012
Memorial Weekend Interpretive Programs
Big South Fork will host a series of day and evening programs throughout the weekend

May 17, 2012
Military Passes Now Available
Beginning Saturday May 19 in honor of Armed Forces Day

May 16, 2012
Bandy Creek Pool Opens for the 2012 Season
Opening Friday May 25th at 10:30 a.m. ET

April 23, 2012
Spring Planting Festival this Saturday
Event is free of charge and open to the public

April 17, 2012
Kentucky Open House
Friday May 4th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

April 16, 2012
Spring Planting Festival to be Held April 28
At the Lora Blevins Farm and Bandy Creek Area

April 16, 2012
Wildflower Hike and Ride at the Big South Fork
Saturday April 21st

April 05, 2012
Celebrate National Park Week
April 21 through April 29

April 02, 2012
Vendors and Crafters Invited to Participate in the Spring Planting Festival
Show off your talents and skills

April 01, 2012
All Camping Facilities Are Now Open
Bandy Creek, Blue Heron and Alum Ford Campgrounds are Open

March 30, 2012
Twelfth Annual Spring Planting Festival
Come join us on Saturday April 28th

March 30, 2012
Mt. Helen Trailhead Damaged by Vandals
Expensive repairs due to costly damage

March 02, 2012
Plugging of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells to Continue in Big South Fork
Fourteen abandoned oil and gas wells to be reclaimed this spring and summer

March 01, 2012
Big South Fork NRRA Kentucky Open House
Join us Friday, May 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern)

March 01, 2012
The Local Economic Impact of Big South Fork NRRA
Report shows that more than 650,000 visitors spent $26.6 million in the local area in 2010

February 28, 2012
Prescribed Fires to Begin in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Four units are scheduled to be burned in February, March and April.

February 16, 2012
Big South Fork Taking Applications for Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
This will be the third year for the program

February 14, 2012
Reward Offered for Information Concerning Death of Black Bear
A $500 reward is being offered

February 08, 2012
Vandalism of Yahoo Falls Facilities
Much damage was done requiring costly repairs

January 13, 2012
Public Comment Analysis Report Available
Oil and Gas Management Plan/Draft Environmental Impact Statement

January 11, 2012
First Fee Free Weekend of 2012
January 14-16, 2012

December 12, 2011
Three Long Time BISO Employees Retiring
Over 111 years of experience altogether

November 03, 2011
New Hours for Bandy Creek Visitor Center
Bandy Creek Visitor Center open from 9am to 5pm ET

October 24, 2011
Fee Free Days at Big South Fork NRRA
Fee Free Camping during Veterans Day Weekend

October 14, 2011
Bandy Creek Bookstore Renovation
Bookstore Items on Sale

October 12, 2011
National Fossil Day at Big South Fork
National Fossil Day at Big South Fork

September 23, 2011
Cultural Heritage Month at Blue Heron
Cultural Heritage Month at Blue Heron

September 23, 2011
Astronomy Program this Weekend
Astronomy Program this Weekend

September 19, 2011
Fee Free Day September 24th
Fee Free Day on Saturday September 24

September 13, 2011
National Public Lands Day 2011
Public Lands Day 2011

September 02, 2011
Big South Fork NRRA to Host Blue Heron Ghost Train
BSFNRRA to Host Blue Heron Ghost Train

August 30, 2011
Nineteenth Annual Big South Fork Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival
Nineteenth Annual Big South Fork Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival

August 30, 2011
Labor Day Weekend Interpretive Program Schedule
Labor Day Weekend Interpretive Program Schedule

August 25, 2011
BSFNRRA Annouces Public Scoping for the Fire Management Plan Environmental Assessment
BSFNRRA Fire Management Plan EA Public Scoping

August 18, 2011
Rededication of Restored Yahoo Falls Picnic Shelter
Rededication of Restored Yahoo Falls Picnic Shelter

August 18, 2011
Big South Fork to Hold Blood Drive
Big South Fork to Hold Blood Drive

August 17, 2011
BSFNRRA Announces Change in Hog Hunting Season Dates
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area Announces Change in Hog Hunting Season Dates

August 01, 2011
Big South Fork NRRA Announces August Interpretive Programs
Big South Fork NRRA Announces August Interpretive Programs

July 12, 2011
Abandoned Mines Closed at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Mine Closure

July 12, 2011
Big South Fork and Obed to Observe World Listening Day
World Listening Day 2011

July 01, 2011
Interpretive Programs for July 2011
Interpretive Programs for July 2011

June 28, 2011
Interpretive Programs for Fourth of July Weekend
Holiday Weekend Interpretive Programs

June 14, 2011
Temporary Closure of Big South Fork Horse Trails
Temporary Closure of Big South Fork Horse Trails

June 07, 2011
June 2011 Interpretive Programs
June 2011 Interpretive Program

May 27, 2011
National Trails Day at Big South Fork
National Trails Day at Big South Fork

May 23, 2011
Big South Fork NRRA Announces Memorial Weekend Interpretive Programs
Memorial Weekend Interpretative Programs

April 29, 2011
Body of Missing Canoeist Tim Godfrey Recovered
Body of Missing Canoeist Recovered

April 29, 2011
Temporary Closure of Big Creek Road
Big Creek Road Temporarily Closed

April 22, 2011
2011 Wildflower Programs
2011 Spring Wildflower Programs

April 20, 2011
Spring Planting Festival April 30th
Spring Planting Festival April 30th

April 12, 2011
Charit Creek Lodge is Open
Big South Fork announces Charit Creek Lodge is Open

March 25, 2011
Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR Celebrate National Park Week - April 16 thru April 24
Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR Celebrate National Park Week - April 16 thru April 24

March 21, 2011
Bandy Creek Bookstore at Big South Fork is Having a Spring Cleaning Sale
Spring Cleaning Book Sale

March 02, 2011
Prescribed Burns to begin in Big South Fork
Prescribed burns to begin in Big South Fork NRRA

February 23, 2011
Ceremony at Big South Fork to Celebrate the Completion of West Bandy Creek Bike Trail Extension
Big South Fork NRRA Media Advisory

February 23, 2011
Big South Fork NRRA Employees Recognized for Support of National Park Service ARRA Projects
Employees Recognized for Extraordinary Performance

February 22, 2011
Big South Fork announces Teacher Ranger Teacher Program
Are you interested in being part of the Teacher Ranger Teacher program?

February 11, 2011
Big South Fork NRRA and Obed WSR Annual Great Backyard Bird Count
Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

March 15, 2010
Tenth Annual Spring Planting Festival
No abstract supplied.

February 26, 2010
Oil and Gas Well Plugging - FONSI
The National Park Service, Southeast Regional Director has approved the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for Oil and Gas Well Plugging and Reclamation.

January 19, 2010
Environmental Assessment of Oil and Gas Well Sites
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area announces that the Environmental Assessment for the proposed plugging and reclamation of oil and gas well sites has been completed.

November 04, 2009
Big South Fork Seeks Public Comments for Oil and Gas Well Plugging
The National Park Service is seeking comments on a proposed project to plug and reclaim abandoned oil and natural gas wells at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

September 16, 2009
17th Annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival
The Seventeenth Annual "Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival will be held this Saturday, September 19, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

September 14, 2009
Appalachian Craft Workshops Presented at Annual Big South Fork Storytelling Festival
No abstract supplied.

June 30, 2009
2009 July Interpretive Programs
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will host a series of day and evening programs during the month of July. Park rangers and volunteers will present a wide variety of program topics in both Tennessee and Kentucky. 

June 11, 2009
Big South Fork to Waive Fees on Three Summer Weekends
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recently announced that the National Park Service will offer three fee-free weekends this summer to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to visit these national treasures. 

May 26, 2009
Schedule of Interpretive Events for June 2009
No abstract supplied.

May 20, 2009
Successful Search for Overdure Canoeists
Two canoeists arrived safely at Burnt Mill Bridge in Big South Fork NRRA as a search for them was underway after they were reported overdue on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. 

May 18, 2009
Fatality at Big South Fork on River
On May 15 2009, Mr. Tony Evans, age 61 of Knoxville, Tennessee, died while canoeing at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

May 04, 2009
Big South Fork Announces Recovery Act Projects
The National Park Service (NPS) announced on April 22, 2009, nearly 800 projects totaling $750 million that can be completed across the country with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

May 01, 2009
Pine Knot Job Corps Students Clear Hazard Trees from Big South Fork NRRA
Students from the Urban Forestry Trade program at the Pine Knot Job Corps Center cleared hazard trees at the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area recently.

April 20, 2009
Spring Planting Festival at Big South Fork Saturday, April 25
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be hosting the Ninth Annual Spring Planting Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25, 2009. 

April 20, 2009
FONSI Signed for Vista Clearing
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area officials have completed the Environmental Assessment - Vista Management Plan: Big South Fork Scenic Railway.

March 27, 2009
Local Volunteers Sought for Trail Repair
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is looking for volunteers to join park trails crews to learn trails repair methods in a single-day volunteer training and restoration effort for America’s public lands.

March 13, 2009
Prescribed Fires to Occur in Big South Fork
Big South Fork is planning to ignite two prescribed fires the week of March 16, depending upon weather conditions. 

March 04, 2009
2009 Prescribed Fires
During the next 6 - 8 weeks, National Park Service fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

December 24, 2008
Stennis Young Named Superintendent
Stennis Young named Superintendent of Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

September 24, 2008
National Public Lands Day
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area trails will be cleared and repaired as area residents join National Public Lands Day, the largest annual coast-to-coast, single-day volunteer restoration effort for America’s public lands.

September 14, 2008
16th Annual Storytelling Festival September 20
The Sixteenth Annual "Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival will be held Saturday, September 20, 2008, at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area in Oneida, Tennessee. 

September 03, 2008
Sixteenth Annual Storytelling Festival
The Sixteenth Annual "Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival will be held Saturday, September 20, in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. 

July 28, 2008
Park Rangers Present Programs at Big South Fork NRRA
National Park Service Interpreters will be presenting interpretive programs Saturday afternoon and evening.

July 23, 2008
Join Rangers for Saturday Programs at Big South Fork
On Saturday, July 26, 2008, rangers at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will present two programs. Both are free and open to the public.

July 18, 2008
Fatality at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
A 57-year-old man was found deceased on Friday, July 18, 2008 off the Angel Falls Trail. The man has tentatively been identified as John Thomas Morgan of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

July 16, 2008
Snake Tales and Backyard Herbs Programs at Big South Fork
On Saturday July 19 and Sunday July 20, Park Rangers Sue Duncan and Shauna Delk will be presenting a variety of interpretive programs.

July 06, 2008
Big South Fork Releases Environmental Assessment for Plugging Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area plans to plug eleven abandoned oil and gas wells within the park.

June 01, 2008
Reed E. Detring To Leave Big South Fork
No abstract supplied.

April 09, 2008
Spring Planting Festival April 26
No abstract supplied.

April 01, 2008
Big South Fork Chosen of Inclusion in Regional Nature Viewing Trail
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) is proud to announce its inclusion in the Cumberland Plateau Nature Viewing Trail.

March 28, 2008
Stephen Handly Named New Facility Manager at Big South Fork
Stephen (Steve) Handly who has served most recently as the Facility Management Specialist at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana, has been selected as the new Facility Manager at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

March 26, 2008
Prescribed Fires to Begin in Big South Fork
During the next 4 - 6 weeks, National Park Service fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

February 26, 2008
Big South Fork Continues GMP Implementation
No abstract supplied.

November 07, 2007
Ron Cournelius Honored for 40 Years of Federal Employment
National Park Service employee Ronald J. Cornelius was recently recognized for 40 years of service with the Federal Government and the National Park Service.

October 24, 2007
Big South Fork Lifts Ban on Open Fires
Due to the significant amounts of rain which have fallen in recent days, park officials have lifted the ban on open fires in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

October 19, 2007
Park Releases Environmental Assessment for Vista Clearing along Scenic Railway
No abstract supplied.

October 12, 2007
October Astronomy Program
No abstract supplied.

October 02, 2007
Ban On Open Fires in Big South Fork NRRA
Due to the extremely dry conditions currently being experienced, park officials have imposed a ban on open fires in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

September 11, 2007
St. Joesph Petroleum Plan of Operation & EA
No abstract supplied.

August 28, 2007
Fifteenth Annual Big South Fork Storytelling Festival
The Fifteenth Annual "Haunting in the Hills” Storytelling Festival will be held Saturday, September 22, 2007 in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

August 10, 2007
Astronomy Program at Bandy Creek
The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be sponsoring a special opportunity for you to view the night sky and maybe see some meteors.

July 10, 2007
2007 SCA Crew Builds New Bridge
A Student Conservation Association crew has just completed a 4-week work assignment here at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

June 29, 2007
Park Marks Trail Crossing at Station Camp
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has recently completed marking the first of two horse trail crossings of the Big South Fork River. 

June 28, 2007
Volunteer Vacation Trail Crew
No abstract supplied.

June 06, 2007
New Administrative Officer at Big South Fork
Jeannine McElveen who has served most recently as the Administrative Officer at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, has been selected as the new Administrative Officer at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

April 16, 2007
Twin Arches Hike
Join a National Park Service ranger Saturday April 21, 2007 for a morning hike to the Twin Arches, one of the most magnificent geological features of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

March 06, 2007
Prescribed Fires to Begin in Big South Fork NRRA
During the next 6 - 8 weeks, National Park Service fire crews will be conducting a series of prescribed fires within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

March 01, 2007
East Rim Overlook and Road Closed for Repair Work
The National Park Service has recently announced plans to completely rebuild the road to the East Rim Overlook and repave a portion of the Leatherwood Road.

January 25, 2007
Park Changes Campground Reservation Services
Beginning this season camping reservations at National Park Service campgrounds, including Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area will be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service.

October 13, 2006
Big South Fork Proposes Increase to Campground Fees
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is proposing to increase the fees currently charged for camping and consolidate the fees for use of the Bandy Creek swimming pool.

September 05, 2006
14th Annual Storytelling Festival
No abstract supplied.

July 18, 2006
Park Service Begins Implementation of GMP
No abstract supplied.

July 07, 2006
Big South Fork Gas & Oil Plan Scoping Session
No abstract supplied.

May 10, 2006
Big South Fork Hosts High Angle Rescue Course
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area recently hosted a week long training in high angle rescue for National Park Service rangers, State Park rangers and members from several local Search and Rescue teams. 

April 19, 2006
Park Host 6th Annual Spring Planting Festival
No abstract supplied.

April 01, 2006
Park to Conduct Prescribed Fire in Darrow Ridge Area
No abstract supplied.

March 13, 2006
Park Releases Plan and Environmental Assessment for Fields Management
No abstract supplied.

February 24, 2006
Fire Management Plan
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is proud to announce the completion of a new Fire Management Plan.

January 02, 2006
Phyllis Trabold Named New Community Planner
Phyllis A. Trabold who has served most recently as ecologist with the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in Los Angeles, California, has been selected as the new Community Planner at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.

August 19, 2005
Contractor To Begin Blue Heron Repair Work
Officials at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA) are pleased to announce that a contract has been awarded and work will begin this week to repair facilities at the Blue Heron Mining Community

June 07, 2005
General Management Plan Completed
Southeast Regional Director Patricia Hooks has signed the record of decision for the park's new general management plan (GMP).

March 21, 2005
IMBA Trail Care Crews Work in Big South Fork
At the invitation of Joe Cross and the Big South Fork Mountain Bike Club, the International Mountain Bicycling Associating (IMBA) Trail Care Crew has recently made their way to Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (NRRA).

Did You Know?

Freshwater mussel found in Big South Fork River

Twelve of the nations 300 species of fresh water mussels are now extinct. Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area currently has 20 documented species, five of which are federally listed as endangered. More...