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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Volunteer Clean Up of the O&W Road on Saturday, November 9

O&W cleanup

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News Release Date: October 22, 2013
Contact: Effie Houston, 423-569-9778
Contact: Dave Carney, 423-569-9778

The Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is sponsoring a clean-up day to focus on the O&W Road in the park on Saturday, November 9, 2013.  (The clean-up was originally planned for the week before, but the clean-up date had to be moved due to conflicting activities).

The O&W roadbed follows the former rail line of the Oneida & Western (O&W), a short coal and goods hauling railroad that ran between Oneida and Jamestown, Tennessee.  The railroad was prosperous during the 1920s, hauling coal and lumber and provided groceries, mail, and passenger service to residents along the O&W in the remote gorges and coves of Scott and Fentress counties.  The rail line was abandoned in 1954 and now provides a wonderful hiking, biking, and riding access to the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River.

Start the day at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time by signing up at the park entrance on the O&W Road or in advance by calling (423) 569-2404, extension 228.  The park entrance on the O&W Road is less than a mile west of the intersection of Toomey Road and O&W Road.  Volunteers are asked to bring water, insect repellent and sun block and wear sturdy shoes.  Trash bags and gloves will be provided by the park.  For more information, you may call Effie Houston, Volunteer Coordinator, at (423) 569-2404, extension 228.

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