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

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Online Backcountry Permits

buy your permit

By clicking on this you are agreeing to follow all food storage and camping regulations in the backcountry.  Get more information at http://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/backcountry-hiking-and-camping.htm

Print, read and follow the backcountry guidelines for your safety and enjoyment of the backcountry areas of the Big South Fork NRRA. You only need to have the confirmation number of your purchased permit. Online permits do not print out.

Browser compatibility has been an issue with online permit processing. Try a different internet browser to process your permit. If you continue to have trouble, contact our office at 423-286-8368 to obtain the permit over the phone. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET); 7 days a week.

 
**NOTICE**
All backcountry permits are FEE FREE if you plan to use them during the following dates:
January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance
February 15-17, 2014 President's Day Weekend
April 19-20, 2014 First Weekend of National Park Week
August 25, 2014 National Park Service Birthday
September 27, 2014 National Public Lands Day
November 11, 2014 Veterans Day


Stop by one of the Park Visitor Centers to obtain your free permit during the dates listed above.

For more information, contact the fee office by email or by phone at 423-569-2404 ext 267.

 

Did You Know?

Devils Jump Rapid is just below the site of the proposed dam.

In the 1960's Congress requested the Army Corps of Engineers to study the feasibility of damming the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River just above the Devils Jump Rapid to create another reservoir. Had that happened Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area would never have existed.