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

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

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August 29, 2014
Astronomy Program at Bandy Creek on Saturday, August 30
Telescopes will be available for night sky observation.

August 28, 2014
Big South Fork Hog Hunting Permits Go On Sale Starting Saturday, September 27
Wild hogs may be hunted from September 28, 2014, through February 28, 2015, in both Tennessee and Kentucky.

August 25, 2014
Baker Tribute at Big South Fork on Saturday, August 30
An American Bald Eagle will be released at East Rim Overlook in the Big South Fork at 10:30 a.m. ET.

August 19, 2014
Celebrate the National Park Service’s 98th Birthday at the Big South Fork
One night of free camping at the Alum Ford Campground and free backcountry permits have been authorized for Monday, August 25th.

August 19, 2014
Eustace Conway to Speak at 22nd Annual Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival
An American naturalist and featured personality on the History channel show Mountain Men.

August 14, 2014
National Park Service Offers Hikes at Rugby Every Weekend Through September
Join us on two very enjoyable walks in the park adjoining Historic Rugby.

August 13, 2014
Big South Fork Receives “Ticket to Ride” Grant from the National Park Foundation
The grant will allow hundreds of school children and their teachers to travel into the Blue Heron.

August 13, 2014
Volunteers Needed for Big South Fork National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27
Meet at the Oscar Blevins Farm located off West Bandy Creek Loop Road by 9:00 a.m. ET.

August 11, 2014
Tennessee Youth Finish Valuable Work This Summer at the Big South Fork
The YCC crew finished a number of projects including 20 miles of trail rehabilitation.

August 11, 2014
Kentucky Youth Rehabilitate Yahoo Falls Trail
The crew spent the summer rehabilitating sections of the Yahoo Falls Trail.

August 11, 2014
Public Comments Sought on Contaminated Mine Lands Drainage Projects at Big South Fork
All comments are due by Friday, August 15th.

August 11, 2014
Big South Fork Gets Ready For Storytelling Festival
Approximately eight acres of orchard timothy grass are cultivated each season.

August 04, 2014
Twenty-Second Annual Storytelling Event Scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014
Neighbors and visitors alike are encouraged to come spend a special day at the Big South Fork NRRA!

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
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.

Did You Know?

Angle Falls Rapids on the Big South Fork River

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects only 14% of its watershed. Unfortunately it is the lower end of the watershed, so that everything which happens outside the park, impacts the parks water quality.