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

    Big South Fork

    National River & Recreation Area KY,TN


Hiker with German Shorthaired Pointer.
Dogs are permitted at Big South Fork as long as they are on a leash. 
National Park Service

Pets are allowed within Big South Fork, however, in order to protect your pet and the parks wildlife, all pets must be kept on a leash (no longer than 6 feet) at all times even if you have your dog with you when riding a horse. Be sure to clean up after your pet especially in the campground.

If you plan to go out on the river with your pet make sure that you and your pet both have personal flotation devices. Restrain your pet from drinking in the river or streams. Remember that streams may contain bacteria or parasites such as Giardia which can be harmful to your pet.

During hunting season, a dog that is with a licensed hunter and actively following game does not have to be leashed. However, when entering a designated Safety Zone hunting dogs must be restrained on a leash, crated or caged.

Pets are allowed in the Bandy Creek Visitor Center as long as they are on a leash or being carried.

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...