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    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN

Permits

BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING PERMITS
Backcountry permits are required for all visitors who will be in the backcountry for one or more nights. These permits are good for the length of stay but not longer than 14 consecutive days. Fees range from $5.00 to $20.00 depending on group size. These permits may be obtained at either visitor center, or online.

1 to 6 person(s) $5.00*
7 to 12 persons $10.00*
13 to 18 persons $15.00*
19 to 24 persons $20.00*
Annual Backcountry Permit (1 to 6 persons) $50.00*

(Available at Bandy Creek and Kentucky Visitor Centers, Kentucky Ranger Station, Bandy Creek Campground and Blue Heron Campground)

*HOLDERS OF GOLDEN AGE/ACCESS PASSPORTS OR INTERAGENCY SENIOR/ACCESS PASS PAY ONLY HALF THE FEE.

NOTE - Groups with 25 or more persons must obtain a special use permit. For more information email or contact us at 423-569-2404 ext 267.

 
HOG HUNTING PERMITS
Hog hunting permits are required to hunt wild boar in the Big South Fork NRRA from mid-September through the end of February each year. These permits are available at the Bandy Creek and Kentucky visitor centers as well as online. Permits are $5 and must be purchased with a valid hunting license.
 
SPECIAL USE PERMITS
Special Use Permits are required by the National Park Service to assure that park units act to conserve park resources "unimpaired" for the enjoyment of future generations. Therefore, any activities that would cause derogation of or detract from the values and purposes for which a park has been established cannot be allowed.

Did You Know?

Black bear now live in and around Big South Fork.

In the mid-1990's black bear were released in Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area to study relocation techniques and to determine whether adequate habitat existed in the area. There are now an estimated 40 - 50 bear living in and around the park. More...