• October 2012

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Directions

BISO Guide Vicinity Map 2014 for web
 
WESTBOUND I-40
Exit the Jamestown-Crossville Exit onto U.S. 127. Take U.S. 127 north 36 miles into Jamestown. Two miles north of Jamestown, take Highway 154 north to the intersection of Highway 297. Follow 297 east approximately 12 miles to the Big South Fork Visitor Center and Campground.

EASTBOUND I-40
Exit either the Monterey-Livingston Exit (300-A) or the Jamestown Crossville Exit (301), onto State Highway 62. Take Highway 62 east for 16 miles to U.S. 127 to Clarkrange, turn left and follow U.S. 127 north 18 miles into Jamestown. Travelers may take 127 through Jamestown or use the new Hwy 127 by-pass. Two miles north of Jamestown take Highway 154 north to the intersection of Highway 297. Follow 297 east approximately 12 miles to the Big South Fork Visitor Center and Campground.

NORTHBOUND I-75
Exit at Highway 63, the Oneida-Huntsville Exit (141). Follow Highway 63 west for 21 miles through Huntsville to U.S. 27. Turn right on U.S. 27 and drive north 7 miles to Oneida. At the first traffic light, turn left on Highway 297 west and follow 297 approximately 15 miles to reach the Bandy Creek Visitor Center and Campground.

To reach the Stearns Depot Visitor Center in Kentucky, continue north on U.S. 27 through Oneida to KY 92W. Turn left at the traffic light and drive for 1 mile, after crossing the bridge turn right and follow the signs to the Stearns Depot Visitor Center. To reach Blue Heron Campground, turn off U.S. 27 and drive west on KY 92W, travel for approx. 1.3 miles, then bear left onto highway 1651. Travel about a mile then turn right onto KY 741 which runs right into KY 742. Turn right on 742 and follow the brown park signs to the Blue Heron Campground, Bear Creek Horse Camp, the river gorge overlooks, or the Blue Heron Coal Mining Community.

SOUTHBOUND I-75

OPTION ONE
To reach the Blue Heron Interpretive Center and Blue Heron Campground:
Exit Highway 461 at Mt. Vernon (Exit 62) and take 461 south for 19 miles to Highway 80 and turn right and take Highway 80 west into Somerset, Kentucky to the Highway 914 by-pass (left). Follow 914 for 3 miles to 1247 (left) to U.S. 27. Follow signs for U.S. 27 south and travel approximately 25 miles on U.S. 27 to KY 1651. Turn right on 1651. Watch for signs to Blue Heron. Turn left on Mine 18 Road (HWY 742). Mine 18 Road ends at Blue Heron Interpretive Center. The Blue Heron Campground will be on the right before you reach the end of the road.

To reach the Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot, from HWY 27 turn right at the light on 92 west for approximately for 1.5 miles. Turn right on 1651N into Stearns. The train depot is on the right.

To reach Bandy Creek
, continue on Highway 27 about 15 miles into Oneida, Tennessee. In Oneida, take 297 west and follow signs to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center(approximately 15 miles from Oneida).

OPTION TWO
To reach the Blue Heron Interpretive Center and Blue Heron Campground: Drive south on I-75 to HWY 92 at Williamsburg (Exit 11). (This road has been recently upgraded and provides a direct access to Stearns and Blue Heron) Turn right on 92 for approximately 20 miles. Continue at the 4-way stop light straight across 27 to HWY 1651. Watch for signs to Blue Heron. Turn left on Mine 18 Road (HWY 742). Mine 18 Road ends at Blue Heron Interpretive Center. The Blue Heron Campground will be on the right before you reach the end of the road.

To reach Bandy Creek, turn left on HWY 27 south and continue on 27 about 15 miles into Oneida, Tennessee. In Oneida, take 297 west and follow signs to the Bandy Creek Visitor Center(approximately 15 miles from Oneida).

To reach the Big South Fork Scenic Railway Depot, from HWY 92 turn right on 27 North for approximately 5 miles. At the light turn left following HWY 92 W
for 1.5 miles. Turn right on 1651N into Stearns. The train depot is on the right.


Please Note: When driving HWY 297 through the Big South Fork River gorge, you will encounter steep grades (up to 13%) and sharp hair-pin curves. Drive slowly, use a low gear and check turns before you enter them. Similar steep road conditions also exist when driving into Blue Heron on Hwy 742.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FOR SPECIAL DELIVERIES
The following directions are recommended for any vehicle that exceeds 40 feet in length (truck and trailer combined). The recommendation is to travel from the East side of the park from Scott County. When traveling from the West side entrance via Fentress County, drivers will encounter switch backs and hair-pin curves that may be difficult to maneuver for larger vehicles.

From Hwy 27 North or South, turn onto Industrial Lane (follow signs to Big South Fork NRRA). Travel 0.7 miles to stop sign. At stop sign, turn left onto W 3rd Ave/Coopertown Road/TN-297. Travel 4.2 mi on Coopertown Road/TN-297. As you come around the curve you will see a farm on the right side of the road with black plank fencing and signs to the Park Headquarters. Prepare to turn left. Turn left at Leatherwood Rd/TN-297. Travel 4.5 miles on TN-297. As you come into the park you will see a large Big South Fork NRRA sign on the right side of the road with large boulders in front of the sign. Once you enter the park boundary (past the large sign on your right), take the third turn to your left for the East Rim Maintenance Area. It is located just past the Headquarters building and just past the East Rim Overlook turn-off.

There is no loading dock; however there are personnel and fork-lift available if needed to off-load supplies. There is also space available to turn-around and exit this location. This location is utilized for large commercial shipments (including any and all palletized shipments).

All small packages/commercial shipments via USPS, FedEx, UPS, etc. are delivered to the Park Headquarters located at 4564 Leatherwood Road, Oneida, TN.

SPECIAL NOTE: DO NOT RELY ON GPS UNITS TO GIVE CORRECT ADDRESS LOCATIONS.

 

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