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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

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July 30, 2014
Blue Heron Ghost Train: Storytelling Event at the Blue Heron Mining Community, Saturday, September 6
The evening's storytelling sessions will begin around 7:30 p.m.

July 21, 2014
Tourism to Big South Fork Creates 16 Million Dollars in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports more than 200 jobs in local economy.

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)

Did You Know?

Cumberland sandwort

Cumberland sandwort is one of several species of threatened and endangered plants found throughout Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. Cumberland sandwort only grows in the dry sandy soils of certain rockshelters found in and around Big South Fork.