Visitor Centers

Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is open year round. Some facilities close during the winter, however. To get the most out of your visit, start at one of the park's visitor centers to chat with a ranger, pick up publications, purchase a gift at the Eastern National outlets, and find out about scheduled programs, and special events.

 
TENNESSEE
 
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Headquarters Building

HEADQUARTERS BUILDING

Location: Oneida, three miles past park entrance on Leatherwood Road.

Address
4564 Leatherwood Road
Oneida, TN 37841

Facilities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park.

Phone
(423) 569-9778

Hours
Open Monday through Friday
8:00-4:30 pm ET
 


 
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Bandy Creek Visitor Center

BANDY CREEK VISITOR CENTER

Location: Adjacent to Bandy Creek Campground; approximately 15 miles west of Oneida and 24 miles east of Jamestown, off Highway 297.

Address
151 Stable Road
Oneida, TN 37841

Exhibits
Focus on the recreational opportunities found within Big South Fork and throughout the seven surrounding counties.

Facilities & Activities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park. free public WiFi, bookstore; park permits; restrooms; vending machines, and ice sales.

Phone
(423) 286-7275

Hours
Open year-round. Closed December 25.
Extended hours 8:00-6:00 pm ET daily Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend.
Winter hours: 9:00-5:00 pm ET daily.

 


 
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Crossville Visitor Center

CROSSVILLE VISITOR CENTER

Location: Crossville, just off Exit 320, on I-40, across from Stone Memorial High School.

Address
176 River Otter Drive
Crossville, TN 38571

Facilities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park; restrooms.

Phone
(931) 787-1755

Hours
Open Saturdays and Sundays
9:00-5:00 pm CT
 


 
RUGBY VISITOR CONTACT STATION

Location: Rugby, off Highway 52, approximately 17 miles west of Jamestown, Tennessee.

Address
5517 Rugby Highway
Rugby, TN 37733

Facilities & Activities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park; free public WiFi, restrooms; park permits.

Phone
(423) 628-2991

Hours
Open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
9:00-5:00 pm ET
 


 
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Helenwood Visitor Center

HELENWOOD VISITOR CENTER

Location: Helenwood, off Highway 27, approximately five miles from the park entrance.

Address
12025 Scott Highway
Helenwood, TN 37755

Facilities & Activities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park; free public WiFi; restrooms.

Phone
(423) 663-6900

Hours
Open Saturdays and Sundays
9-5:00 pm ET
 
KENTUCKY
 
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Blue Heron Interpretive Center

BLUE HERON INTERPRETIVE CENTER

Location: Located via Highways 1651 and 742.

Address
8161 Mine 18 Road
Strunk, KY 42649

Exhibits
The Blue Heron Mining Community can be visited at any time to view historic structures and listen to audio programs.

Facilities & Activities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park; free public WiFi, bookstore; park permits; restrooms; vending machines, and concession stand.

Railroad Ride
The Big South Fork Scenic Railway travels from the Stearns Depot to the Blue Heron Mining Community in a 45-minute trip. The train remains approximately an hour at Blue Heron before returning to Stearns.

Phone
(606) 376-3787 or (606) 376-5073

Hours
Outdoor structures are open year-round
The visitor center is open April 1, through October 31
9:30-3:30 pm ET

 


 

STEARNS VISITOR CONTACT STATION

Location: Stearns, approximately 0.25 of a mile west of Highway 27, just off Highway 92. Also located three miles south of Whitley City, and 18 miles north of Oneida, Tennessee.

Address
300 Wilburn K. Ross Highway
Stearns, KY 42467

Facilities
Ask a ranger what to do in the park; restrooms; park permits.

Phone
(606) 376-5652

Hours
Open Saturdays and Sundays, from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.
9:00-5:00 pm ET

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