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

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Fees & Reservations

Fee Area Sign 2013

Although Big South Fork NRRA does not have an entrance fee, there are several types of user fees. These fees help the park fund projects such as trail rehabilitation, upgrading and replacing campsite fixtures as well as providing staffing in the campground offices. Fees are charged for the following recreational activities:

 

It's been said that America's best idea are the national parks. Come by for a visit, to relax, to learn a little bit about this great nation ... and to have some fun!

Rough economic times call for economical fun, and you can't beat America's national parks for family time, fresh air, and opportunities to learn about our great country. Every day there are more than 200 national parks that never charge an entrance fee. Learn more about fee free days in the National Parks at http://www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Although Big South Fork does not collect entrance fees, we do have use fees. The park's Superintendent is in support of fee free days for backcountry camping, swimming pool use, and camping at Alum Ford Campground. Permits will still be required, but there will be no charge. The following dates are the official fee free days of 2014:

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
  • February 15-17 - President's Day Weekend
  • April 19-20 - First Weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

Did You Know?

Archeology dig occuring at Big South Fork

In terms of total sites, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is the most important archaeological location in the Southeast Region of the National Park Service. The 1,335 documented archaeological sites at Big South Fork represent only 20% of the estimated total for the park. More...