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

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

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October 22, 2014
Guided Wagon Rides at Bandy Creek for October and November Weekends
The rides are customizable to the visitor's preference.

October 20, 2014
Bats, Bears and Cobblebars in Our Backyard
The overall goal of the public meeting is to increase understanding of the ecosystems of the parks.

October 08, 2014
New Lick Creek Bridge on the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail
A partnership of the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service recently resulted in the rebuilding of Lick Creek Bridge.

October 06, 2014
Parks Host Science Workshop to Share Research Results
The public is invited to spend the day with scientists who have been conducting research at Big South Fork and Obed.

October 03, 2014
Yamacraw Bridge Area Cleanup on Saturday, October 25
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time).

October 03, 2014
Dulcimer Concert at Blue Heron Interpretative Center on Saturday, October 18
The Knoxville Area Dulcimer Club will be performing.

September 30, 2014
Astronomy Program at Bandy Creek on Saturday, October 4
There is no charge to attend these programs.

September 26, 2014
Big South Fork Celebrates National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27
One night of free camping at Alum Ford Campground and free backcountry camping permits.

September 23, 2014
Burglary Convictions for Theft of Government Property
A National Park Service facility on the Kentucky side of the park had been burglarized with thousands of dollars of equipment stolen during the October 2013 U.S. Government shutdown.

September 22, 2014
Five Different Opportunities to Volunteer for Big South Fork’s National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27
Anyone wishing to volunteer on Saturday has a choice of working at five different projects in the park.

September 16, 2014
Business Opportunity within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
All responses to the prospectus must be in hard copy and will be due by Thursday, November 13, 2014.

September 15, 2014
Storytelling Festival Promises to Deliver Fun for the Whole Family
This year's storytelling line-up includes David Claunch, Elizabeth Ellis, Faye Wooden, and Joyce Slater.

September 08, 2014
Storyteller Joyce Slater Takes the Stage at the Haunting in the Hills Storytelling Festival
Ms. Slater has been delighting audiences of all ages.

September 05, 2014
Volunteers Needed for Big South Fork National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, in Kentucky
Work will start at 9:00 a.m. and end by 2:00 p.m..

September 05, 2014
October 2 Site Visit for Persons Interested in Operating Station Camp Horse Camp within Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area
Please RSVP for the site visit.

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.

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.